Speaking in Athens on Thursday, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that her country would decide ‘soon’ on whether to join the NATO alliance and also urged more sanctions against Russian energy imports.
“The parliament and the government of Finland together with the president will assess all the implications of the new security situation and will have to consider the question of whether to apply for membership of NATO,” Marin said after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. “Decisions in this issue will be taken very soon.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that Finland and Sweden will be able to join NATO quickly should they decide to ask for membership in the Western military alliance.
The Finnish prime minister also urged for more effective sanctions against imports of energy from Russia.
Russia, with which Finland shares a 810-mile border, has said it will deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad if Finland and Sweden decide to join NATO.