Finland announce intention to apply for Nato membership
The country’s leaders made the decision amid the war in Ukraine.
Finland’s president and government have announced the Nordic country intends to apply for membership of Nato, paving the way for the 30-member Western military alliance to expand amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.
President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the announcement at a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on Sunday.
Finland, which shares a long border with Russia, has previously been a neutral country.
Mr Niinisto said: “This is a historic day. A new era begins.”
The Finnish Parliament is expected to endorse the decision in coming days, but it is considered a formality.
A formal membership application will then be submitted to Nato headquarters in Brussels, most likely at some point next week.
fresh fears | Mum of murdered Irish backpacker fears suspect will escape justice after prison attack
EXCLUSIVE | Serial sex pest jailed for assaulting teen girls insists he’s ‘no danger’ after walking free
over the moon | Fair City star Aisling Kearns shares some happy news while on ‘baby moon’ in Portugal
hoping to score | League of Ireland football star set to enter Love Island villa
Revealed | Crime levels in your local area as one in five garda stations records a five-year peak
smash grab | Owner’s fury as £300 worth of alcohol stolen during break in at Belfast restaurant
LATEST | Spanish cops also arrest Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh’s son Jack in huge blow to Kinahan network
aussie exit | Celtic set for manager hunt as Ange Postecoglou heads for Spurs
'publicity stunt' | Expert casts doubt on authenticity of ‘Hitler’s pencil’ due to be auctioned in Belfast
WATCH | Moment Kinahan Cartel gang boss Liam Byrne is arrested while visiting family in Majorca