Finland joining NATO is just a “natural step”, MP Östman says


Northern Europe

Evert van Vlastuin,

Will Sweden and Finland meet at the NATO Headquarters? Since the Russo-Ukrainian war, it is more likely that the two neutral states will join the Western alliance. Photo: NATO chief Stoltenberg (centre) looks how the Finnish minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (left) and his Swedish colleague Ann Linde (right) bump fists in Brussels, last January. Photo AFP, John Thys

Never before Finland was part of a military alliance. The country never desired to be so either. But soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, the Finnish appetite changed. The Christian Democrats support that shift. “Joining NATO is the natural next step for us”, Peter Östman says.