Finnish president informs Putin that Finland will apply for NATO membership

In this regard, Niinistö explained to Putin that due to Russian demands to prevent the expansion of the NATO at the end of 2021 and the iRussian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 fundamentally disrupted the Finnish security environment.

Likewise, Niinistö indicated in the statement that the telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart was “direct and clear and was carried out without tensions”.

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$!Finnish President Sauli Niinisto during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.

On the other hand, the Finnish president reminded Putin that during the first bilateral meeting they held in 2012 he told him that each independent nation attempts to maximize its own security and insisted that is what finland is doing now.

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By joining NATO, Finland will strengthen its own security and assume its responsibilities. It’s not to anyone’s detriment. Finland wants to continue to deal with the practical problems generated by the border neighborhood in a correct and professional manner”, explains the statement.

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$!Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, Finland.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, Finland.

At the same time, President Niinistö insisted to Putin his “deep concern” for the human suffering caused by the Russia’s war in Ukraine and stressed the need to achieve peace.

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Given the possibility of joining the NATOrelations between Finland and Russia are increasingly tense.

With information from the EFE Agency.

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