Finnish lawmakers to discuss potential NATO membership

Finland’s PM Sanna Marin | Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images

Finnish lawmakers to discuss potential NATO membership

Russian aggression in Ukraine has pushed the Finnish public closer than ever to NATO.

Finnish political parties will gather on Tuesday to discuss Russia’s attack on Ukraine and Finland’s role in Europe’s new power balance. Finland’s potential NATO membership will also be on the table, Prime Minister Sanna Marin told reporters Monday.

The mood in Helsinki is tense: Finland has Europe’s longest border with Russia at over 1,300 kilometers but is not a part of the military alliance. The country is a close ally of NATO, but there has been little appetite to join the club — until now.

“It is very understandable that many Finns have changed or are changing their minds after Russia started waging war on Ukraine,” Marin said.

Finns are evaluating “what is the line that Russia has crossed, and what is the line that Russia will not cross … And if Russia does cross some line, do we face it alone or together with others,” Marin said. She did not comment on her personal position on NATO.

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