“We can look down the history and ask ourselves the question, should Ukraine already be a member of NATO?” Politico quotes Marin.
She added that the EU and Western allies should have been more decisive in rebuking Russia’s occupation and annexation of Crimea in 2014.
The PM said Finland is seeking NATO membership to avoid becoming a target for Moscow’s aggression.
“We want to become a member of NATO because we don’t ever want war in Finland again,” she concluded.
Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO months after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Their accession is being held up by Turkey and Hungary, who are yet to ratify the alliance’s enlargement.
On Sept. 30, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced Ukraine applies for NATO membership on an expanded basis. The application was signed by the president, PM Denys Shmyhal, and speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk.
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