US State Department Commentary on Finland’s Accession to NATO

Earlier, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced their support for their country’s accession to NATO, saying: “As a member of NATO, Finland will work to strengthen the entire defense alliance, and we hope that the national Any steps needed to make this decision will be taken soon.” within a few days.”

In exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia,” US State Department spokesman Samuel Warburg said: “Each country has the right to choose its own path and its own alliances, and joining NATO is a decision between the 30 allies in NATO and the country that aspires to join it, and no one can be another person to intervene in this matter.

He stressed that the administration of US President Joe Biden is committed to ensuring that NATO’s open door policy remains available to aspiring countries to join when they are ready and able to fulfill their membership obligations and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic region.

Warburg noted that Finland and Sweden are close and important partners of the United States and NATO, adding: “We remain strongly committed to strengthening our bilateral defense and security cooperation.”

The Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that strengthening NATO defense cooperation is particularly important in light of the European security challenges created by Russian military operations in Ukraine.

And the military operation launched by Russia in Ukraine sparked a historic shift in Finland’s stance on joining NATO, which began discussing the issue weeks ago, in a move that infuriated Moscow.

The Kremlin stressed on Thursday that Finland’s accession to NATO poses a “threat” to Russia, as Helsinki has decided to join European countries hostile to Russia.

In response to those warnings, the NATO Secretary General recently indicated that allies would welcome Sweden and Finland to NATO smoothly and promptly.

Finland remained neutral during the Cold War, in exchange for assurances from Moscow that Soviet troops would not invade its territory.

Finland remains one of the few EU countries that has not ended conscription or significantly reduced military expenditure despite the end of the Cold War.

The country, with a population of 5.5 million, joined the European Union and maintains a close partnership with NATO, particularly in the areas of intelligence and resource sharing.

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