Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has assured Finland “the full support of the federal government” on the way to joining NATO.

In a phone call with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Scholz welcomed the declaration by the head of state and Prime Minister Sanna Marin for their country to join the western defense alliance immediately, said the spokesman for the federal government, Steffen Hebestreit, on Thursday. The conversation also dealt with the security situation in Europe as a result of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

In response to this war, Finland’s political leadership is demanding that the country join NATO as soon as possible. In a joint statement on Thursday, Niinistö and Marin had clearly spoken out in favor of membership in the western military alliance. For Finland, which has been non-aligned for a long time, the step would be historic. Accession would double the NATO border with Russia in one fell swoop.


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