Finnish Minister Tuppurainen said she is not afraid of Russia's reaction to NATO membership Finland is ready for Russia's response to the country's NATO membership, it is her choice, and she is not afraid of possible threats, the minister said. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned of a response taking into account the infrastructure that the alliance will deploy in this country .jpg” alt=”Finland said they were ready for Russia's response to joining NATO” />
Finland is not afraid of threats due to its intention to join NATO and is ready for Moscow's response, Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs and Property Management, said on Sky News.
“We don't have any panic, we don't we are afraid. We are preparing for any kind of action. This is our choice, we should not limit ourselves to maneuvering space due to threats, — she said.
Now Finland remains a state— partner of the North Atlantic Alliance. The country's authorities started talking about the possibility of joining NATO after Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine. The day before, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekko Haavisto said that the authorities are going to send an application for membership to the alliance in the middle of next week, if parliament agrees to this.
May 14, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö phoned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and told him that the country was going to apply for an alliance in the near future. The conversation took place at the initiative of the Finnish side. During the conversation, Niinistö stressed that Finland wants to strengthen its security through this step.
Putin responded by calling Finland's refusal of neutrality a “mistake” and stated that the Helsinki decision could negatively affect the relations between the two countries.
The fact that Finland can become the “goal of Russia” after joining NATO, said Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Chairman of Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN. Deputy Foreign Minister of the country Alexander Glushko promised not to make a response decision “on emotions”, but said that Moscow would do it anyway, given what kind of infrastructure the alliance would place in Finland.
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