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Finland tells Putin ‘we make our own decisions’ in joining NATO as Kremlin warns of ‘serious military consequences’

5th Mar 22 11:27 am

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has been told by Finland that they will not allow him to dictate to them in joining NATO, they and warned “we make our own decisions.”

Finnish ambassador to the UK, Jukka Siukosaari said that Finns are “frightened” over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking to the Express.co.uk was asked if the government have any concerns in the country, he said, “Indeed, we have a very long border with Russia, we have a thousand years of history which has not been without conflict so we do know where we stand.

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“At the same time, we know we cannot change Geography, and we have built resilience over decades.

“Our emergency preparedness is very highly ranked, but I think it’s natural Finns are concerned, even frightened, on an individual basis.

“As a government, we do not see a direct military threat to Finland, but we do see an attack on Europe’s security order which does have an effect on us of course.”

Finland and Sweden were threatened by Russia with “serious military and political repercussions” should they decide to join NATO last Saturday.

Moscow warned that NATO has expanded too far eastwards and Russia fear this poses a national threat to their security.

Russian foreign affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova warned, “Obviously, the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, which is primarily a military alliance as you well understand, would have serious military and political consequences, which would require our country to make response steps.”

Ambassador Siukosaari told Express.co.uk that while these comments were shocking to many, Finns have become accustomed to Moscow sabre-rattling.

He added, “As for the statements from Moscow, it is of course clear that we make our own security and policy decisions, they cannot be influenced by third parties.

“Russian criticism of NATO enlargement is not a new thing, it is their longstanding position. The threat came as bigger news abroad but it is nothing new here in Finland.

“Finns are quite stubborn, we don’t much like being told how we should think. Russia’s attempts to make a sphere of influence in Europe is completely unacceptable.”

Elina Valtonen is an MP and vice-president of the National Coalition Party, told the Telegraph, “Finland is closer than it has ever been to applying for NATO membership.

“For the first time, people feel that the aggression that Russia has been executing towards its neighbours […] also concerns Finland and Sweden.”

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