May 12, Kathmandu- Finland has decided to apply to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). According to the BBC, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin have issued a joint statement in which they have decided to apply to join the NATO military alliance.
The statement added that Finland was forced to make the decision after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. According to the report, after the Second World War, Finland has adopted a policy of neutrality in joining any alliance, but now it is about to take a big decision. Russia has repeatedly warned Finland not to join NATO.
The border between Russia and Finland is 1300 kilometers long. Russia is concerned that its involvement in NATO could pose a major threat to national security. If Finland joins NATO, the NATO-Russia border will double. This means that it will take only two to three hours to reach the Russian capital St. Petersburg from the NATO border area.
Along with Finland, Russia's other neighbor Sweden is also preparing to apply for NATO membership. The NATO military alliance was established in 1949. The 12-nation NATO alliance has 30 powerful members, including the United States, Britain and France. NATO member states have a policy of joint resistance if any country is attacked.