The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, had a telephone conversation with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, on Saturday, May 14, 2022.
President Niinistö told President Putin how Finland’s security has been altered due to Russian demands at the end of 2021 to prevent countries from joining NATO, as well as Russia’s massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. President Niinistö has announced that Finland will decide to apply for NATO membership in the coming days.
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President Niinistö said he had told President Putin since their first meeting in 2012 that each independent nation was maximizing its security. That’s what’s happening now. By joining NATO, Finland strengthens its own security and takes responsibility. Finland also wants to deal with the practical issues arising from Russia’s neighborhood in a fair and professional manner in the future.
“It simply came to our notice then. Avoiding tensions was considered important, “said President Niinistö.
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President Niinistö reiterated his deep concern at the human suffering caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. President Niinistö emphasized the need for peace. He also sent messages on ensuring the evacuation of civilians sent earlier this week by President Volodymyr Zelenski.
The telephone conversation was initiated by Finland, the Finnish Presidential Administration said in a press release.