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LThe end of Finland’s military neutrality would be a “mistake”, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday during a telephone interview with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, according to a Kremlin statement.
“Vladimir Putin stressed that ending the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake, since there is no threat to Finland’s security,” the statement said.
The announcement of Helsinki’s candidacy for NATO membership, seen with a very dim view by Moscow, is expected on Sunday.
“Such a change in the political orientation of the country can have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which have developed for years in the spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners, being mutually beneficial”, assures Kremlin statement.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine, where Russia has been leading an offensive since February 24, Mr. Putin having informed his Finnish counterpart of “the state of the Russian-Ukrainian talks, practically suspended by kyiv, which shows no interest in a constructive and serious dialogue”, according to the same source.