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Finland Has No Plans to Join NATO without Sweden

Mon 13 Jun 2022 | 12:21 AM
Israa Farhan

On Sunday, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said in a news briefing that Finland would not join NATO without Sweden.

"When I last visited Sweden, I made it very clear," he added.

"In Sweden, they say the Finnish issue is our business, and in the same way, the Swedish issue is our business, and the means we go forward, hand in hand," Niinisto commented on the possibility of Finland joining NATO independently without Sweden.

On June 10, NATO announced that Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General will visit Sweden and Finland from June 12 to 13.

It is noteworthy that Stoltenberg will meet on Sunday, in Finland, the country's foreign minister, and on Monday, in Sweden, with the Swedish Prime Minister. As a result of the meetings, joint press conferences were planned.

Finland and Sweden submitted, earlier last May, an application for membership in the alliance, but Turkey announced its reservations about their accession, accusing the two countries of harboring wanted "terrorist elements" in Turkey.