NATO fire is growing!
Finland formally applies to NATO
Vita gazette – Finland has decided to formally apply for NATO membership.
President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement at a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. The Finnish president and government announced in a statement that the Scandinavian country plans to apply for NATO membership, paving the way for the expansion of the 30-member Western military alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. After the decision is approved by the Finnish Parliament, an official application for membership will be made. These processes are expected to be completed next week.
NATO: “Membership will happen quickly and smoothly”
NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg recently announced that Finland’s membership would take place quickly and smoothly.
Turkey opened the door
After this statement, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the statement that “we can’t look positively” on the NATO memberships of Finland and Sweden. However, after this statement was made last Friday, Presidential Spokesperson and Advisor İbrahim Kalın, speaking to Reuters news agency on Sunday, said, “Turkey has not closed the door on Sweden and Finland joining NATO, it wants a restriction on terrorist activities in the Scandinavian countries.”
Putin: “There will be a mistake”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone call yesterday at the request of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö that “his country’s membership in NATO” would be a mistake. Putin emphasized that “it would be a mistake to abandon the traditional policy of military neutrality, as there is no threat to Finland’s security”, adding, “Such a change in the country’s foreign policy means that Russia, which has been built in the spirit of good neighbourly and partnership, cooperation and mutually beneficial for many years, It could negatively affect Finnish relations,” he said.
Sweden is expected
After Finland, a similar step is expected from Sweden. The two Scandinavian countries had established close relations with NATO but followed a policy of military neutrality.
Pope Francis: NATO barks at Russia’s door
The spiritual leader of the Catholic world, Pope Francis, in an interview with Corriere Della Sera, one of the leading Italian newspapers, pointed to NATO as responsible for the Russia-Ukraine war. The 85-year-old Pope said that “NATO barking at Russia’s door” may have led to the invasion. Expressing that the presence of the alliance in nearby countries “provoked” Moscow, the Pope argued that this situation “perhaps facilitated” the invasion. “Other states that have generated the conflict in Ukraine,” Pope Francis said. However, he did not name any state. The Pope also likened the situation in Ukraine to “other conflicts fueled by international interests, such as Syria, Yemen and Iraq”.
“Is it right to supply the Ukrainians with weapons?” Stating that he could not answer the question, the Pope expressed the following views: What is certain is that weapons are being tested on these lands. This is what wars are fought for: to test the weapons we make.”