War in Ukraine live updates: Finland abandons neutrality and will move to immediately join NATO

Published May 12, 2022 at 8:11 AM EDT
Heikki Saukkomaa
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Finnish soldiers participate in the Arrow 22 exercise May 4 at the Niinisalo garrison in Kankaanpää, western Finland.

Finland's prime minister and president said Thursday that the country must apply to the military alliance without delay. The announcement was widely expected and is broadly supported among the Finnish public, with nearly three-fourths in favor in a recent poll. Finland’s neighbor Sweden is also considering joining NATO.

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