Apr 4, 2023
NATO Secretary General Announces Finland Will Officially Join NATO Transcript
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Finland will formally join NATO and expressed his hope that Finland’s neighbor, Sweden, will join in the coming months. Read the transcript here.
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Jens Stoltenberg (00:00):
Tomorrow, we will welcome Finland as the 31st member of NATO, making Finland safer and our alliance stronger. We will raise the Finnish flag for the first time here at the NATO headquarters. It will be a good day for Finland’s security, for Nordic security, and for NATO as a whole. Sweden will also be safer as a result.
Sometimes you get the feeling that in a way, Sweden is left alone. No, Sweden is not left alone. Sweden is as close as it can come as a full-fledged member, and we continue to integrate Sweden. We will do even more, and then we will, of course, as soon as possible also then, finalize the formal membership process.