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Finland to apply to join NATO for the first time – President

Finland has announced it wants to join NATO as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.

President Sauli Niinisto said the country, which shares an 810-mile border and a difficult past with Russia, must apply for membership in the organization “without delay”.

In a joint statement with the country’s prime minister Sanna Marin, they added: “We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Finland has increased its cooperation with NATO as one of its “partner” nations.

But it has not actually joined in order to maintain good relations with its eastern neighbour.

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