Keeping any NATO ratification period short is key to Finland, says PM

"That would be the best security guarantee."

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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks during a special German cabinet meeting hosted by Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the government’s guest house Schloss Meseberg in Meseberg, Gransee, Germany on May 3, 2022. (Michele Tantussi / Reuters)

COPENHAGEN — Finland, which is considering whether to apply for membership to the NATO alliance, said that keeping any transition period as short as possible would be important for its security, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.

“The key issue is to keep the ratification process as short as possible … That would be the best security guarantee,” Sanna Marin told a joint news conference with her Nordic counterparts in the Danish capital.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen.