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April 9, 2015 07:57


Finland’s accession to NATO membership and the consequent dislocation of the alliance’s forces on the border with Russia will provoke tension in relations between Moscow and Helsinki. This was told by the Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja speaking before the students of the gymnasium in the municipality of Tuusula, according to TASS.

“The border between Finland and Russia is one of the most stable and quiet, as well as trouble-free borders in the world. Moscow also thinks so. There are no reasons for Russia to want any additional problems on it. But the arrival of NATO to the border could have such an effect” - Tuomioja said.

According to him, NATO is not going to attack Russia, but he understands that Moscow may have a different opinion on this issue. “And this must be taken into account” - the Minister added. Finland, as a member of the European Union, participates in the implementation of the decisions adopted by this alliance, as Tuomioja continued. Including the decisions, relating to Moscow. But the purpose of Helsinki is to stop the conflict in Ukraine and implement the Minsk agreements without doing harm to Russia.

The talks about the possible accession of Finland to NATO began in the autumn of last year, when the President Sauli Niinistö said that the country lost its chance to join the coalition in the early 1990s. In his turn, the Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said that although the issue was not yet on the agenda of the current Cabinet of ministers, the new government (which is to be formed after the elections on April 19), could come back to it. What about Erkki Tuomioja, he consistently advocates the idea that the accession of Finland to NATO will do more harm than good to the country.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russia International     

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