German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday welcomed Finland's bid to join NATO and offered Berlin's “full support" after Finland's president and prime minister announced their support for joining NATO, moving the Nordic nation – which shares an 800-mile border with Russia – one step closer to membership of the US-led military alliance.
“I welcome Finland's decision to speak out in favor of the country's immediate accession to NATO,” Scholz said in a tweet.
“In a phone call with President Sauli Niinistö, I assured Finland of the German government's full support,” Scholz added.
The Finnish president on Twitter said that he discussed Finland's NATO membership bid with the German chancellor.
''Finland is grateful for German support for our NATO membership,” he wrote, adding that they also discussed "the need to achieve peace in Ukraine."