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Finnish PM says joining NATO will strengthen security

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks during a joint press announcement with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (not pictured) at Kishida's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks during a joint press announcement with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (not pictured) at Kishida's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin says the possibility of her country joining NATO is for the security of its citizens and calls for the international community to unite in stepping up sanctions against Russia during talks in Japan.

Non-aligned Finland and Sweden are set to announce their positions on NATO membership this week in what could be a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles to make decisive gains in Ukraine.

“If Finland makes this historical step it is for the security of our own citizens,” Marin tells a news conference after holding talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. “Joining NATO will strengthen the whole international community that stands for common values.”

Marin says she and Kishida discussed “Russia’s horrible aggression against Ukraine and its consequences.” She says that sanctions against Moscow need to cover energy, finance and transport sectors “more broadly than now.”

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