569) #StandWithUkraine #StandWithFinland #DefeatPutin
Finland’s leaders agree to apply to join NATO “without delay.”
Finland’s leaders have officially announced they support applying for NATO membership “without delay.”
Asked if Putin would view the move as provocative, Finland’s president said yesterday: “My response would be that you caused this. Look at the mirror.” https://trib.al/vXDDzf1
The big picture: Public support for NATO membership in Finland and Sweden shot up virtually overnight after Russia invaded Ukraine, with a strong majority in both countries now in favor of joining.
Both countries have been close NATO partners for three decades, despite their official non-alignment.
But the West’s refusal to send boots on the ground to defend Ukraine has underscored the difference that NATO’s Article V commitment to collective defense — often hailed as “iron-clad” by President Biden — can make in a crisis.
“If Ukraine had been part of NATO before the war, there would have been no war,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech Wednesday.