Finland confirms application to join NATO: Turkey's Erdogan threatens to use veto

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin says she hopes the Finnish Parliament will confirm the decision to apply to join Nato in the next few days and says she hopes it will be based on a strong mandate.

Speaking alongside Finland's president in Helsinki, she says they have both been in close contact with Nato member countries and Nato itself thanks them for the support they have received so far.

"In Finland we still have the parliamentary process ahead of us but I trust that the parliament will debate this historic decision with determination and responsibility," she says.

However, the accession of Finland and Sweden to Nato will require the unanimity of all current members and Turkey's President Erdogan, widely seen as " patsy" for Vladimir Putin, has indicted that will veto such a move, thus threatening a schism within the alliance.

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