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Finnish parliament to vote on NATO membership — RT World News

Helsinki’s bid to join the US-led military bloc is still awaiting ratification by all alliance members

The Finnish government has submitted a NATO membership bill for parliamentary approval. As Helsinki took another step towards becoming a full member of the US-led bloc, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto insisted the country had not asked NATO to station nuclear weapons on its territory.

Commenting on the government’s decision at a press conference, Haavisto described it as “a historic moment”. “I guess everyone was shaking a little inside,” he added, referring to the extraordinary cabinet meeting on the matter.

The proposal asks lawmakers to approve, among other things, the North Atlantic Treaty, which serves as the legal framework for NATO. It also outlines the main consequences of membership for Finland, including its future commitment to abide by Article 5, a clause stating that an attack on one member is an attack on the entire bloc.

The initiative also indicates that joining NATO “would not be a problem for Finland’s sovereignty and participation in international cooperation”, adding that he “would not constitute a significant transfer of competence to an international organization”.

Finland could become a full NATO member only after the bloc’s 30 members ratify its candidacy, with Hungary and Turkey’s decision on the matter still pending. However, parliament still has the legal authority to deal with the government’s proposal.

Haavisto also commented on the potential deployment of NATO’s nuclear arsenal on Finnish territory. The minister noted that atomic weapons are “under strict control” from Washington. “We don’t know if he has any interest in spreading them elsewhere outside of existing bases,” said the official.

“We don’t ask for them and no one offers them to us” he underlined.

His statement comes after Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said last month that while Finland sets restrictions on its NATO membership, it has no intention of stationing nuclear weapons on its territory if it becomes a member. of the covenant.

Finland, along with its Nordic neighbor Sweden, submitted bids to join the military bloc in May as part of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, breaking with decades-old neutrality.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow does not need the security architecture Western countries are trying to build without Russia and Belarus. He also noted that European security is “to be wholly subject to the United States”, adding that instead of working for collective security in Europe, the West “digging lines of demarcation.”

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