A French soldier takes part in a major drill as part of NATO's EFP (Enhance forward presence) operation at the Tapa Estonian army camp near Rakvere, on February 6, 2022. Alain Jocard | Afp | Getty Images Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Thursday that the country should apply to join NATO "without delay." Thursday's announcement is the strongest sign yet that Finland will make a formal application to join NATO. Membership would be historic for the Nordic country, which has had a decades-long policy of military neutrality. "Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay." the leaders said in a joint statement, adding that they hoped that "the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days." "NATO membership would strengthen Finland's security" and that Finland's membership would in turn "strengthen the entire defence alliance." The government will debate the issu . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: Monday, decades, Thursday, the weekend, February 6, 2022, the next few days
NORP: French, Nordic, Finnish
CARDINAL: 14, five