Finland will not go into NATO without Sweden, president says

A file photo of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Washington, DC in May. Niinisto says his country is committed to joining NATO with neighbour Sweden. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
  • Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö has underlined his country’s commitment to joining NATO in tandem with Sweden after he was asked whether Finland could proceed alone in the application process.
  • Niinistö was speaking on Sunday at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • The Finnish President also said that they had been surprised by Turkey’s views on NATO membership but they are listening carefully to Turkey and hope that a common solution can be found.
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For more on why Finland believes its NATO bid lies with Sweden, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

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