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  • The Foreign Ministers of Finland and Sweden agree on the need for a common approach towards Russia

    The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini, met in Stockholm and discussed, in particular, Russia's proposal to hold consultations on the security of the Baltic Sea region. According to the Ministers, the country was encouraged to follow a united approach regarding the Russian Federation, YLE reports.

    Soini was skeptical about holding the bilateral consultations with Russia regarding security issues in the Baltic Sea …

  • EU to fund pipeline to help Finland reduce its dependence on Russian energy

    The European Union will provide €187.5 million for the construction of a gas pipeline which will allow Finland to reduce its dependence on Russian energy, Deutsche Welle reported.

    On Friday, July 15, EU member states excepted the proposal of the European Commission to finance the construction of the pipeline, which will connect Estonia and Finland. This was reported on the website of the European Commission. The pipeline, which will begin operating in 2020, aims to reduce Finland's dependence …

  • Almost half the population of Finland supports holding a referendum on joining NATO

    According to a survey conducted by Taloustutkimus market research company, almost half of residents of Finland support holding a referendum on joining NATO, Finish news portal, Yle reported. 48% of residents stated that they want a national referendum and 40% of respondents expressed their opposition. Mostly people over 65 years old supported the referendum. The opponents of the referendum, as a rule, were aged 35–49 years.

    At the same time, media surveys, conducted jointly by the newspaper …

  • Lavrov says Finland should not give into temptation of joining NATO

    Moscow calls on Helsinki not to give into the temptation of joining NATO’s actions directed against Russia.

    The statement was made by the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, in response to a question asking what countermeasures Russia would take if Finland joins NATO, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.

    “This is a pure military and technical question. It is obvious that if an organization which considers you an enemy is approaching your borders, you have …

  • Putin: Russia will respond if Finland joins NATO

    If Finland joins NATO, the Russian troops are unlikely to remain retracted at a distance of 1,500 kilometers from the border.

    This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Helsinki, the Kremlin website states.

    “Imagine that Finland joins NATO. This means that Finnish troops will cease to be independent, will cease to be sovereign in the full sense of this word. They will become a part of NATO's military infrastructure, which overnight will appear on the Russian …

  • Finnish President says his country will apply for NATO membership if the security situation deteriorates

    The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö stated in his interview with Dagens Nyheter daily that Finland will apply for membership of NATO in case the security situation deteriorates. “We can’t exclude the possibility of applying for NATO membership. It would be a serious mistake because it’s a tool of national security policy and Russia knows that we have this tool,” Niinistö noted.

    “We are developing our partnership and cooperation with NATO at this stage. If we see significant deterioration …

  • Finnish PM: Finland's NATO membership should be determined by a referendum

    Finland may apply for NATO membership, but it will require broad support from the local population, as stated by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, speaking at a party congress in the city of Seinäjoki.

    "I consider it is important, that if one day we will come to this decision, a referendum will be held," Sipilä said.

    "This does not mean that those who make decisions in the country are transferring their responsibilities [to the people], this means that they understand that such a big decision …

  • Lavrov: Russia will react to NATO's activities in the Baltic region

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Kremlin will take certain measures in response to increased NATO activity in the Baltic region. According to Reuters, he said this at a meeting with Finland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini, in Moscow.

    Lavrov said this on the same day as NATO’s large-scale BALTOPS 16 exercises began. These involve NATO troops landing on Finnish soil for the first time.

    “We do not hide our negative attitude towards the fact that NATO is moving their …

  • NATO troops arrive in Finland for the first time

    NATO troops landed in Finland for the first time as part of the Alliance’s Baltic Operations (BALTOP) naval exercises, Yle reported.

    The exercises began on Monday near Hanko west of Helsinki.

    The aim of the training is to develop cooperation between the navies of NATO member states and partners.

    British, German, and Italian soldiers are participating, as well as 200 US Marines.

    BALTOPS are Baltic Sea exercises that have been held annually since 1972.

  • Sweden and Finland strengthen cooperation with NATO

    The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, stated in an interview that Sweden and Finland, which aren’t members of NATO, attended a NATO Ministerial meeting that took place on the 20th of May, as reported by a correspondent for European Pravda in Brussels.

    “Finland and Sweden – EU Member States, but not NATO Member States - will join us. It will be an important indicator of our level of cooperation,” Stoltenberg stated.

    The High Representative of the …