Finland – Sweden: Meetings in their parliaments on NATO membership applications underway

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The parliaments of Finland and Sweden are currently considering the candidacy of the two Nordic countries for NATO membership, while in both bodies a large majority in favor of membership is secured.

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Enduskuda, the Finnish parliament, began a marathon session this morning to consider the nomination formally presented by the government yesterday, Sunday, before the vote tomorrow, Tuesday.

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According to the latest information from the Finnish media, at least 85% of the 200 deputies will vote yes to the candidacy for NATO membership.

Finland announced its “historic” NATO bid on Sunday as a direct result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Sweden is ready to follow the crucial green light from the ruling party.

“The only country that threatens European security and is openly waging an aggressive war is Russia,” said Finnish Prime Minister Sana Marin, opening the talks.

“Our security environment has changed fundamentally,” he said.

Due to the large number of interventions – over 150 – the vote may not take place today, warned Parliament Speaker Matti Vanhanen.

For its part, the Swedish parliament convenes from 10:30 (11:30 Greek time). The meeting began with a speech by the Social Democrat Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson, followed by the leaders of the parliamentary parties.

With the historic reshuffle that took place yesterday, Sunday, the ruling Social Democratic Party, six of the eight parties in parliament are now in favor of membership, theoretically representing a majority of 304 deputies out of a total of 349.

The prime minister said yesterday that she wanted to secure “broad support” in parliament before the Swedish government’s official decision was announced.

Sweden and Finland’s candidacy for NATO membership in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine is a “serious mistake,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today.

“This is another serious mistake with far-reaching implications,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russia’s Interfax news agency.

Source: AMPE

Source: Capital

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