Let Finland’s accession to NATO be a lesson to Russian President Vladimir Putin that sovereign states can decide for themselves which alliances they want to join, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Tuesday.
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“I am glad that Finland’s application to join NATO has been approved and I want to welcome Finland to the organization. Let Finland be a lesson to President Putin. Finland chose to join based on its own free will. The freedom of a sovereign state to choose its alliances is the prerogative of only its citizens and citizens,” Wallace said.
On Tuesday, Finland was officially admitted to NATO as the 31st member of the alliance. Finland, which had been neutral for decades, applied for membership as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Minister James Cleverly expressed their satisfaction with Finland’s accession to NATO. Both also expressed the hope that Sweden, whose accession Turkey and Hungary had not yet ratified, would soon join NATO.
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