Finland’s ‘minister’ not afraid to join NATO

In Helsinki, there is “no panic” over a possible “evil” reaction from Russia, says European Affairs Minister

Helsinki will strengthen NATO and bring a lot more “Added value” In an interview with Sky News on Saturday, the Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Ottoman Empire, TT Tupurinen, demanded that the US-led military alliance be formed.

Finland’s pressure on NATO membership, which has been revived in the Ukraine crisis, “About our own resistance” And freedom “National Movement Strategy” Dr. Tupurainen. He acknowledged that it was known “The Kremlin has not been in favor of NATO expansion for years.” But it claims the move is not intended to fuel the conflict with Moscow.

“We are ready for all sorts of bad intentions and bad moves against us. But there is absolutely nothing to panic about. We are not afraid. “ Dr. Tupurainen.

“We have a very strong force. We have just decided to buy 60 F-35 fighters, and we are well equipped, and we will be an asset to the alliance. He added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a phone call on Saturday to his Finnish counterpart, Sullivan Ninisto, in which Ninisto told Putin that his country was ready to decide on joining the US-led military bloc in a few days.

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Russia has updated its position on the Baltic nuclear weapons

Putin has warned that Helsinki’s move is a step in the right direction “Traditional Principles of Military Neutrality” There will be one “Wrong,” The emphasis was on that “There is no threat to Finland’s security.” Step “May have negative effects” On “Mutually Beneficial” Relations between the two countries, he outlines.

Finland’s neighbor Sweden is also considering a NATO membership, and could submit its application early Monday, according to local media reports.

According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Glushko, Finland and Sweden’s move to join NATO will not go unanswered, but it is too early to talk about measures that could include the transfer of nuclear weapons closer to the two Nordic countries.

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Turkey clarifies position on new NATO members

Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of Moscow’s Donetsk and Lugansk’s Donbas republics. The German- and French-brokerage protocols were designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state. Mariupol claims the isolated Donetsk Republic as an integral part of its territory.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.

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