Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

Helsinki, 12.5.2022

Joint statement by the President of the Republic and Prime Minister of Finland on Finland’s NATO membership:

“During this spring, an important discussion on Finland’s possible NATO membership has taken place. Time has been needed to let Parliament and the whole society establish their stands on the matter. Time has been needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the discussion the space it required.

Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties. NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”

Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland

Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland

Source – Government Communications Department and Office of the President of the Republic 


Minister Haavisto to attend informal meeting of NATO ministers of foreign affairs

Publication date: 11.5.2022 13.15 | Published in English on 12.5.2022 at 11.20

NATO ministers of foreign affairs will hold an informal meeting in Berlin on 14–15 May. Finland and Sweden have been invited to a working dinner held in connection with the meeting on 14 May. Finland’s representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto.

“It is important to discuss the current situation with NATO member countries’ foreign ministers and to exchange views with them on the ongoing process relating to the Finnish Government report. I am pleased that the foreign ministers of Finland and Sweden have been invited to the working dinner held during the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers,” Foreign Minister Haavisto says.

In connection with the meeting, Foreign Minister Haavisto will also have bilateral meetings.

Source – Finnish Government