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Finland’s president tells Putin his country will apply to join NATO


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Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Saturday that the country plans to apply for NATO membership in the coming days.

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In a statement, Niinisto’s office said it had highlighted how Russian demands late last year to prevent countries from joining NATO had “changed Finland’s security environment. “.

FILE – Finnish President Sauli Niinisto makes a point during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, pool, file)

“The conversation was direct and direct and it passed without escalation,” Niinisto said in a statement. “Avoiding tensions was considered important.”

Niinisto noted that he reiterated his “deep concern” over Russia’s attack on Ukraine and “stressed the imperative for peace.”

Finland’s president tells Putin his country will apply to join NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the board of the Educational Foundation for Talent and Success via video conference at the Sirius Educational Center for Gifted Children in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool photo via AP)

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“He also conveyed the messages on securing the evacuation of civilians issued earlier in the same week by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy,” the office said.

The phone call was initiated by Finland.


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