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Helsinki commented on NATO bases and hosting nuclear weapons

The Prime Minister says nuclear weapons are banned by Finnish law

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said his accession to NATO does not include the obligation to host NATO military bases or nuclear weapons. Neither idea is currently being discussed, she told an Italian newspaper during her business trip to Rome on Wednesday.

Marin was asked daily by Corriere della Serra whether to exclude the deployment of permanent NATO bases and nuclear weapons on the soil after Finland joined NATO. Both Finland and Sweden have applied for membership this week.

The ruling Sweden Democrats supported NATO membership last week, but said they would resist when asked to host foreign nuclear weapons and military bases. Finland, as observed by Italian newspapers, did not make a similar promise and asked Marin for comment.

“If we don’t want nuclear weapons or bases, no one is forcing us into nuclear weapons or bases.” She SaidIn both cases, he adds, the decision is up to Finland.

“Finland has a law prohibiting the deployment of nuclear weapons on our territory, so I don’t think this issue is on the table.” She added. “I’m not interested in deploying nuclear weapons or opening bases in Finland.”

The Prime Minister of Finland said he named Russia a “big offensive neighbor”, hoping to prevent a war in Finland by joining the alliance. She added that Finland believed that Russia would not retaliate for joining the US-led block.

“Our president [Sauli] Niinistö discussed this issue with the President [Vladimir] Putin and his reaction were surprisingly mild. “ She said. “Therefore, we hope that no action will take place from the Russian side, but even if it does, we are ready to face a variety of situations, including cyber and hybrid attacks,” he said.

Moscow said that if Sweden and Finland were approved, they would make the necessary preparations to protect themselves from NATO.

Finland broke the tradition of a neutral country and applied for NATO because of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Moscow said membership would jeopardize Finland’s long-standing position as an intermediary, but Marin said he hoped not.

“We want to remain an honest intermediary to ensure that the dialogue continues. In fact, we believe that applying for NATO membership is an act of peace, not war. increase.” She said.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February after neighboring countries failed to meet the terms of the Minsk Agreement, which was first signed in 2014, and Moscow finally approved the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics of Donbas. The German-French intermediary protocol was designed to give special status to secession areas within Ukraine.

The Kremlin has since officially demanded that Ukraine be a neutral nation that never participates in the US-led NATO military block. Kieu argued that Russia’s offensive was not completely provoked and denied his claim that he had planned to forcibly recapture the two republics.

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