Finland’s Center Party opens door to NATO candidacy | app

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A key member of Finland’s ruling coalition has opened the door to a possible NATO bid in another sign that the Nordic country is nearing a bid to join the defense alliance following the neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

The Center Party, part of a five-party cabinet led by Social Democratic Prime Minister Sanna Marin, is an important political force in Finland with broad support in rural areas. The party has never advocated joining the bloc, traditionally leaning towards promoting a trade relationship with Russia.

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