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Finland to apply for NATO membership: President, PM

HELSINKI (AFP) – Finland will apply for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership, the Nordic country’s President and Prime Minister announced yesterday, as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Today, the President of the Republic and the Government’s Foreign Policy Committee have jointly agreed that Finland will apply for NATO membership, after consulting parliament. This is a historic day. A new era is opening”, President Sauli Niinisto said.

As the next step, the Finnish Parliament convenes today to debate the decision, with current projections showing a large majority of the country’s 200-member Parliament supporting the bid.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin