Sanna Marin believes that the Finnish authorities will not be able to maintain relations with Moscow at the same level because of the situation around Ukraine

Sanna Marin

Finland will not be able to maintain the previous relations with Russia because of the situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Sanna Marin stated this in an interview with the Japanese edition of Nikkei.

According to her, the decision on Finland's accession to NATO will be made this month. “The security situation has changed, Finland is leaning towards NATO membership,” — explained the prime minister.

Marin said that her country would support the European Union's refusal of Russian oil and would call for a refusal of gas. Finland recognizes the presence of several opinions on the embargo of Russian fuel and does not exclude that some countries will need a transition period for this. In Finland itself, they plan to abandon Russian fossil fuels in the coming months.

The fact that Finland will decide in the coming months on joining NATO, Marinso announced in mid-April. According to President Sauli Niinistö, the turning point for Helsinki was Russia's demand for security guarantees that NATO would not expand eastward. He believes that in this way Russia wanted to limit the choice of Finland.

Sweden also announced its intention to join NATO. The British newspaper Times wrote that Finland and Sweden could join the alliance this summer. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO would be able to quickly receive these countries if requested from them. As Reuters reported on April 13, the Finnish Prime Minister plans to apply within nine weeks.

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Possible membership of Finland in the alliance was discussed by the country's parliament. On May 5, the Financial Times, citing senior Finnish officials, reported that Finland wanted to avoid the impression that it was “sending a signal” to Russia by its possible entry into NATO. or “punishes” her.

After statements from Helsinki, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Russia had warned Sweden and Finland about the consequences if they joined NATO. Also, on May 4, the Foreign Ministry stated that if they join NATO, these countries will become “a space of confrontation between the North Atlantic bloc and Russia.”

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev announced the strengthening of the Russian grouping of ground forces along the new borders with the alliance and a significant deployment of naval forces in the Gulf of Finland.

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