Thursday, May 26

Putin replies to Finland that giving up military neutrality would be “a mistake”


saturday with intimidation crossing: after pronouncing on Thursday in favor of Finland joining NATO, an essential requirement to continue with the accession processthe president of nordic country, Sauli Niinistohas informed his Russian counterpart this Saturday, Vladimir Putinof your intention. In a “direct, unequivocal and unexaggerated” telephone conversation, the leader explained to Putin that one “the massive invasion from Ukraine has altered the environment security from Finland“, the Finnish presidency has indicated through a statement. The Russian president has reacted immediately and “frankly”, the Kremlin: “The renunciation of military neutrality would be a error“.

Russian provocations are not new. The foreign minister Russian, Sergei Lavrovconsidered on Thursday that Finland’s intention to join the Atlantic Alliance is “a threat“. In addition, he warned that Russia will be forced to adopt “response measures, both military-technical and otherwise in order to counter the threats that have arisen to its national security.

These “measures” have not been long in coming: Russia has cut off the electricity supply to the Nordic country early this Saturday morning due to alleged “payment problems”.

Right to “maximize your security”

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Niinisto has reminded Putin that “every independent nation” has the right to “maximize your security“. For this reason, he has explained to him that, by joining NATO, “Finland strengthens its own security and assumes its responsibility. She doesn’t walk away from anyone.”

Instead, the Russian president believes that the change in Russia’s foreign policy Helsinki “It may negatively influence Russian-Finnish relations, which for many years were characterized by a spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners, and had a mutually beneficial turn.”

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