Putin’s war backfires when Finland announces that it will apply for immediate NATO membership

Putin invaded Ukraine in part to prevent NATO from approaching Russia, but the war led Finland to announce an application for immediate NATO membership.

in a joint declarationSauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland, and Sanna Marin Prime Minister of Finland announced:

During this spring, an important discussion took place on Finland’s possible membership of NATO. It took some time to allow Parliament and society as a whole to take a stand on the issue. Time was needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We wanted to give the discussion the space it required.

Now that the moment of decisions is near, we express our equal opinions, also for information to groups and parliamentary parties. Membership of NATO would enhance Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to take this decision will be taken quickly within the next few days.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has backfired

One of Putin’s ambitions for decades has been the fracturing and destruction of NATO. Putin never imagined that NATO would unite, under the leadership of President Joe Biden, and assist Ukraine.

Putin threatened Finland and Sweden with nuclear weapons if they joined NATO, and responded to Finland’s announcement by calling their application for NATO membership a threat to Russia.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has backfired on Putin because it is encouraging Russia’s neighbors to join NATO and increasing the Western presence around Putin.

Finland’s decision is a victory for democracy and another defeat in Putin’s disastrous war of choice.