Finland’s minister for European affairs, Tytti Tuppurainen, said the invasion Russia to Ukraine made the time for his country to enter into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
“Russia has invaded Ukraine. Now, the public is seeing this new reality and the time has come to [Finlandia] join NATO,” Tuppurainen told CNNMonday (9/5).
Tuppurainen also said that Finland would most likely register to become a NATO member. He considered the registration a natural response to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“We of course prefer to have neighbors who value friendship and cooperation. But it is Russia that distances itself from the security order, and Russia that has started wars in Europe,” he said.
In addition, Tuppurainen said that most political parties in Finland have discussed this possibility.
“Now that the country’s leaders will make a decision regarding the application of NATO, we can state with supporting arguments that all countries are ready for this,” he said.
In a joint interview CNNTuppurainen also responded to Russia’s threat of refusing Finland to join NATO.
“The Kremlin does not dictate our decisions. It would be better for Russia to act like adults in this situation,” Tuppurainen said.