The President of Finland has stated the need for a referendum on NATO membership


Finland and Sweden will jointly make the decision about joining NATO, told the broadcaster Yle, Finnish President Sauli Niinist√∂. “We don’t have that automatic connection that if one decides, the other will do the same,” said the President, adding that, “on the contrary, it seems that the decision-making process is very complicated.” He noted that accession of Finland to NATO would require a referendum.

The President also stressed that Russia sees the Alliance as a threat. “They [Russia] don’t want the threat has spread to their borders,” he said.

Speaking about his vision of the situation, Niinistö said that he believes that the need to change current policy no.

In January