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Putin told Finland that NATO’s exchange of neutral nations was a mistake

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö on Saturday (May 14) that it would be a mistake to abandon the neutral nation and join NATO, which could undermine relations between the two countries.

The two countries said the president spoke on the phone two days after Finland announced its intention to join the Western Union. Moscow described it as a security threat that needed to be addressed, but did not specify how to do so.

Niinistö’s office told Putin: “Russia’s demands in late 2021 aimed to prevent countries from joining NATO, and Russia’s massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 changed Finland’s security environment.”

He said Finland wanted to treat Russia’s relations with its neighbors “correctly and professionally.”

The Kremlin said: Such changes in the country’s foreign policy can adversely affect relations between Russia and Finland. “

Moscow described this call as a “frank exchange of ideas”, a diplomatic euphemism for normally difficult conversations.

Niinistö said: It was considered important to avoid tension. “

Following the Finnish membership bid, a similar move from Sweden was expected, and Putin faced exactly what he wanted to avoid when he launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24th. Further expansion of NATO to the Russian border.

(Reuters)

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