Finland is now an associate of NATO, which folds the military alliance's frontier with Russia

April 5, 2023: On Tuesday, Finland became an authorised associate of the NATO military alliance, worked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine in the previous year.

The Nordic government is the 31st country to connect the alliance, which promises in its compact that an attack on one of its people is an episode on them all. It’s a historic moment for Finland, which has been following a path of detachment for decades.

“Finland’s membership is not aimed against anyone. Nor does it change the foundations or aims of Finland’s foreign and security policy,” stated Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Tuesday.

His comments came following the country’s foreign affairs minister, Pekka Haavisto, handed over everything the accession in Brussels, at headquarters of NATO, in the presence of the committee’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken.

“Welcome to the alliance,” Stoltenberg stated Finnish representatives at the ceremony.

Shares of Finland has an 832-mile border with Russia, the most significant of any European Union member. After Finland’s accession, NATO’s border with Russia will roughly double. Authorities in Helsinki stated that in Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the country was no longer safe and applied to join the alliance a rare months later.

According to Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Russia would closely follow any NATO deployments and that his place would take “counter-measures” to this accession.

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