Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the country has the right to join NATO
Finland retains the opportunity to apply for NATO membership. This was stated by the Prime Minister of the country Sanna Marin, reports the Yle TV channel.
“ We retain the opportunity to apply to join NATO. We must cherish and preserve this freedom of choice because it concerns the right of each country to make its own security decisions, '' & mdash; She stressed.
According to Marin, Finland will intensify defense cooperation with the EU.
Earlier in his New Year's address, the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistoz, said that Russia’s demands for security guarantees from the US and NATO worries Europe because they contradict the established order of ensuring European security.
On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent the US and NATO proposals on security guarantees, which provide for the non-expansion of the alliance to the east and the non-deployment of weapons at the Russian borders. Russian President Vladimir Putin also demanded that Washington and the North Atlantic Alliance provide legally binding security guarantees.
In response, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the bloc would not compromise on Ukraine's accession. He recalled Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty, according to which the alliance can invite other European countries to join NATO.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the United States is preparing its own security proposals.
Negotiations on security guarantees will be held on January 10. Russia will be represented by the first deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, and the American side – & mdash; First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. On January 12, a meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO, and January 13 & mdash; negotiations between representatives of Russia and the OSCE.
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