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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. “.
“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.”
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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.