In the event of Moscow’s possible actions in response to Finland’s application to join NATO, Helsinki has developed a set of measures. This was announced on Saturday, May 14, by the Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Property Management Tyutti Tuppurainen.
According to her, joining NATO is Finland’s own choice, and it is not directed against anyone. “NATO is a defensive alliance, our goal was to have more security partners. We have a neighbor who is able to act in a ruthless manner,” said Tuppurainen in an interview with the British TV channel Sky News.
She added that the Finnish side is “ready for any unpleasant actions” on the part of Russia, there is no panic or fear about this. “We should not limit ourselves to room for maneuver in view of threats,” the minister stressed.
Tuppurainen also commented on the statements of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who believes that Finland’s rejection of the traditional policy of military neutrality would be wrong. According to the minister, Finland is a sovereign country and it has the right to make its own decisions.
Earlier, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, announced that in In the coming days, Finland will decide to seek membership in the Alliance. “By joining NATO, Finland strengthens its own security and assumes responsibility,” he said.