‘Mistake’: Putin warns Finland against joining NATO


In a phone call with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Vladimir Putin warned that it would be a “mistake” for Finland to join NATO. The call between world leaders came as Finland was set to imminently renounce neutrality by declaring its desire to join the Western alliance. The BBC reports that Putin cited Ukraine’s desire to join as a catalyst for the Russian invasion. According to the Kremlin, Putin said on the call that “ending the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake because there is no threat to Finland’s security.” During the discussion, which would have been straightforward without escalating aggression, Niinistö told Putin, however, that the war in Ukraine had “changed Finland’s security environment”. Finland shares a 1,340 kilometer long border with Russia to the east; to the west, the country borders Sweden, which has also declared its intention to join NATO.

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