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Germany enthusiastically welcomes Finland to become a member of NATO

BERLIN

Germany on Thursday welcomed the statement by Finnish leaders about wanting NATO membership.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed the move in a telephone conversation with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in a statement.

“Chancellor Scholz welcomes today’s statement by the president and prime minister of Finland, in which both leaders said they support the application for NATO membership without delay,” Hebestreit said.

The German chancellor also pledged Germany’s “full support” to Finland in this regard, he added.

The Finnish leaders announced in a joint statement their intention to gain NATO membership, as well as defying Russia’s warnings that they do not want other members of the military alliance on its borders.

“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken quickly in the next few days,” the Finnish leaders said.

Finland has a 1,300-kilometer-long border with Russia, and at the start of World War II, Finland vigorously defended itself against Soviet invasion.

The country maintained strict military neutrality during the Cold War, but in 1995 reached a partnership agreement with NATO.

After Russia launched war against Ukraine on February 24, Finland’s support for NATO membership increased significantly.

Russia has repeatedly said that Finland and neighboring Sweden should not join NATO, calling the move a threat to its security

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