Ukraine’s NATO membership would have prevented Russian invasion, Finnish PM says

Sanna Marin
Sanna Marin

Learn additionally: Ukraine already de facto a NATO member, says nation’s protection minister

“We will look down the historical past and ask ourselves the query, ought to Ukraine already be a member of NATO?” Politico quotes Marin.

She added that the EU and Western allies ought to have been extra decisive in rebuking Russia’s occupation and annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The PM mentioned Finland is looking for NATO membership to keep away from changing into a goal for Moscow’s aggression.

“We need to change into a member of NATO as a result of we don’t ever once more need struggle in Finland,” she concluded.

Learn additionally: Ukraine’s path in the direction of NATO membership ought to persist regardless of struggle, Lithuania says

Finland and Sweden utilized to hitch NATO months after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Their accession is being held up by Turkey and Hungary, who’re but to ratify the alliance’s enlargement.

Learn additionally: Ukraine’s path in the direction of NATO membership ought to persist regardless of struggle, Lithuania says

Earlier, NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg mentioned that Ukraine’s membership depends upon its success within the struggle with Russia.

On Sept. 30, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced Ukraine applies for NATO membership on an expedited foundation. The appliance was signed by the president, PM Denys Shmyhal, and Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk.

 

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