Finnish President Niiniste briefed Putin on the country’s plans to apply for NATO
Finnish President Sauli Niiniste, during a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, spoke about his country’s intention to join NATO. It is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the office of the head of Finland.
“President Niiniste has announced that Finland will decide in the coming days to seek NATO membership,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Finnish president also stressed that “by joining NATO, Finland strengthens its own security and assumes responsibility.” Niiste said that “Russia’s demands at the end of 2021 were aimed at preventing countries from joining NATO” and the launch of the Russian special operation in Ukraine “fundamentally changed the security situation in Finland”.
RIA Novosti specifies that, according to the Office of the President of Finland, the telephone conversation between the heads of state took place at the initiative of the Finnish side.
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