Finland’s president told Putin that his country will apply to join NATO

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that of Finland President Sauli Niinisto said so Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Saturday that the country plans to apply for NATO membership in the coming days.

In a statement, Niinisto’s office said it pointed out how Russian calls late last year to prevent countries from joining NATO had “altered Finland’s security environment.”

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“The conversation was direct and direct and was conducted without aggravation”, Niinisto said in a statement. “Avoiding tensions was considered important.”

The Kremlin press service said in a statement that Putin responded that Finland’s abandonment of “its traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake as there are no threats to Finland’s security.”

“Such a change in the country foreign policy it could adversely affect Russian-Finnish relations, which have been built for many years in a spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation, and have been mutually beneficial, “the statement added.

FILE – Finnish President Sauli Niinisto makes a point during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
(Photo AP / Frank Augstein, Pool, File)

Niinisto’s office pointed out that it previously told Putin in 2012 that every independent nation maximizes its own security.

“This is what is happening even now,” he said. “By joining NATO, Finland strengthens its security and takes responsibility. She is not far from anyone else.”

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Niinisto noted that he repeated “deep concern” over the Russian attack Ukraine and “stressed the imperative of peace”.

“It also broadcast civilian evacuation safety messages delivered earlier the same week by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy“the office said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin presides over a meeting of the Talent and Success Educational Foundation's board of trustees via videoconference at the Sirius Educational Center for Gifted Children in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin presides over a meeting of the Talent and Success Educational Foundation’s board of trustees via videoconference at the Sirius Educational Center for Gifted Children in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, photo of the Kremlin pool via AP)

Furthermore, the leader of the militarily non-aligned Nordic country said that Finland “wants to deal with the practical issues of being a neighbor of Russia in a fair and professional way”.

Finland shares at 830 miles border with Russia.

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Thursday the Kremlin he called Finland’s drive to join NATO a “threat to Russia”.

A formal announcement by Niinisto e Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is scheduled for Sunday.

The call was initiated from Finland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.