Finland hopes to maintain a calm situation on the border with Russia. This was announced on May 14 by Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.
“The situation on the border is peaceful and should continue to be so,” Haavisto told reporters in Brussels, where he arrived for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers (quoted from “Interfax”).
According to the diplomat, Finland is not going to “ask Russia for permission” to join the alliance, but intends to maintain contacts with Moscow.
how writes Yle, Haavisto urged not to postpone negotiations on joining NATO unnecessarily. In particular, he refers to the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spoke negatively about the possible admission of new members to the alliance due to the fact that Finland and Sweden are becoming a haven for members of the banned PKK.
“Havisto believes that a solution will be found with Turkey that will allow Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance,” the newspaper notes.
On Saturday, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö discussed the issue of Finland’s possible entry into NATO with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. According to the Niinistö office, he said that the decision to apply will be made “in the coming days”. Putin called a mistake Helsinki’s refusal of neutrality.