Putin warns Finland that leaving its neutrality would be a mistake

Russian President Vladimir Putin today warned his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö, that the Nordic country’s renunciation of neutrality to join NATO would be a “wrong” decision.

“Putin stressed that giving up the traditional policy of military neutrality would be wrong, since there is no threat to the security of Finland“, the Kremlin said in a statement.

He stressed that such a change in Helsinki’s foreign policy “may negatively influence Russian-Finnish relations, which for many years were characterized by a spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partnersand they had a mutually beneficial turn”.

Before starting the “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, Putin had demanded that NATO end its expansion into Eastern Europe and withdraw the military infrastructure of the countries that joined the bloc after 1997.

The Kremlin stressed today that the conversation had been “frank” and had focused on fi’s plansnland to apply for NATO membershipaccession that could be formalized at the allied summit in June in Madrid, and in the situation in Ukraine.

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“In particular, Putin shared his vision of the negotiating process between the Russian and Ukrainian delegationswhich has been practically frozen by kyiv, which shows no interest in a serious and constructive dialogue,” the official note states.

not expected, Finland’s decision to join the Atlantic Alliance has ceased to sit like a bucket of cold water on Russiawhich has already threatened Helsinki with “military-technical” measures.

In turn, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexandr Grushkó, warned on Saturday about the possible deployment by NATO of nuclear weapons in Finland and Sweden, once both countries formally join NATO.

“It is enough to look at the map to understand how important the Allied enlargement is for the security interests of the Russian Federation,” he stressed.

He admitted that, for the time being, the Atlantic Alliance has not changed its nuclear policybut its general secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, has affirmed that “nuclear weapons can be placed closer to the Russian border and the Polish leaders have assured that they are willing to receive them”.

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“If these declarations are confirmed in practice, of course, it will be necessary to react with the adoption of preventive measures that guarantee a safe dissuasion,” warned the diplomat.

Despite the ongoing Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Grushkó considered it “impossible” to suspect hostile intentions on the part of Russia against Finland and Swedenaccusations that he related to attempts to “demonize” Russia from the political and military point of view.

Moscow, which accuses Helsinki of threatening the security of Europe by opening a new allied flank in the north of the continenttoday cut off the supply of electricity to the neighboring country supposedly due to non-payment problems.

The Finnish entry would double the border of the Russian Federation with the Atlantic Alliance, since Russia shares 1,300 kilometers of border with the Scandinavian country.

Russia now has a border with the following members of the Western bloc: Poland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in addition to a 49-kilometre maritime border with the United States.

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