Finland will formalize its candidacy for NATO membership, the crucial meeting in Sweden

On Saturday, Vladimir Putin felt that the end of Finnish military neutrality would be “ErrorDuring a telephone interview with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö.

Finland is to formalize its candidacy for NATO membership on Sunday, ahead of a crucial meeting of Sweden’s ruling party aimed at presenting a possible joint application for membership of the two countries. “We hope to be able to send in our applications this week with Sweden. They have their own way but hopefully we can make decisions at the same timeFinnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Saturday.

Less than three months after the start of the war in Ukraine, the two countries are preparing to turn the page on military non-alignment that dates back more than 75 years in Finland and dates back to the 19th century in Sweden. After breaking from their neutrality in the 1990s with the end of the Cold War, by joining NATO and members of the European Union, the two Scandinavian countries would associate a little more with the Western blocs. An event has gradually shifted since the Russian attack on Ukraine on February 24, which has been accelerated by the escalation of pro-NATO public opinion in both countries. With Finland taking the lead first, and Sweden keen not to become the only country around the Baltic Sea that will not be a member of the alliance.

Three days after they announced publicly that they wanted to see their country join NATO.without a deadline“, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin will formalize the Helsinki decision during a press conference at 1:00 pm (10:00 GMT). At the end of a cabinet meeting, they are to submit the draft accession to Parliament, which was presented to the House of Representatives on Monday.

On Saturday, the Finnish head of state made a phone call to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, informing him of his country’s candidacy.In the next few days‘, in a conversation described asdirect and direct“.”Avoiding stress is important“Soli Niinisto, one of the European leaders who has talked a lot with Vladimir Putin in recent years, said.” According to the Kremlin, the Russian president informed him of his joining NATO.It would be wrong, because there is no threat to Finland’s security “.

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According to recent polls, the share of Finns wanting to join the coalition has exceeded three quarters, or three times the level before the war in Ukraine. In Sweden, support also jumped, but about 50% – to about 20% negative opinions.

Senior Social Democrats led by Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson met on Sunday afternoon to decide whether the party should abandon its historic anti-membership streak, which was reaffirmed at a conference last November. And raised voices in the party condemning the hasty decision and evaded the controversy. But analysts say the party is unlikely to decide not to join the bandwagon as Russia is mired in its war in Ukraine. “There may not be the same sense of urgencythan in Finland, admits Robert Dallshaw, a researcher at the Swedish Defense Research Agency. “But Swedish leaders realized that they really had no other choice. Once you go to Finland, you have to do the sameHe told AFP.

An unexpected snag was added on Friday, reminding that the road between application and membership was a long one for several months, with the need for unanimous ratification by each of the 30 members. While Finland and Sweden claimed to have positive signals from Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his hostility to their entry. Turkey, and Stockholm in particular, accuse them of showing too much leniency with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, even though it is on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, he is ready to discuss the matter with the two countries, as well as with other NATO countries. His Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto told him:ConfidentIn the possibility of reaching an agreement with Turkey.

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