Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Monday said that Finland has no plans to host nuclear weapons if it joins NATO, although other Finnish officials have said they won’t rule out the idea.
Niinisto said that nuclear weapons are important for NATO’s deterrence but said there are “no signs” that a country will offer to deploy them to Finland. Currently, there are no nuclear weapons deployed in countries that joined NATO after the Cold War.
But the policy could always change, and Polish President Andrzej Duda said that he had discussions with the US about hosting nuclear weapons. The US, France, and Britain are NATO’s only nuclear-armed states, and US nuclear weapons are also deployed in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Italy.
While Niinisto said that Finland has no plans to host nukes, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and her Swedish counterpart, Ulf Kristersson, both said last week that they wouldn’t set preconditions for joining NATO when asked about nuclear weapons.
When asked if Finland would allow nuclear weapons, Marin said she didn’t want to “close any doors,” and Kristersson said the two Nordic nations will “act jointly” on the issue. Both Sweden and Finland are still awaiting approval from Turkey and Hungary to join the alliance.