The head of the country’s government stressed that each country has the right to independently decide its own policy.The Kremlin, blackmailing the West with its troops taken to the border with Ukraine, insists on “security guarantees” that Ukraine will not join NATO / photo from UNIAN, Andriy Krymsky
The top leadership of Finland in the New Year’s addresses to citizens made statements about Russia’s intentions to demand guarantees from the West that Finland and Sweden will not join NATO . Earlier, the Kremlin put this requirement on Ukraine as well.
This was reported by Radio Liberty .
President Sauli Niiniste and Prime Minister Sanna Marin emphasized that Finland retains the right to apply to NATO at any time with a request to be admitted to this military-political alliance.
“Finland’s right to freely choose its own path also includes the possibility of joining NATO, if we ourselves make that choice,” Niiniste said.
In turn, the head of the country’s government stressed that each country has the right to independently decide its policy.
“We have learned the lessons of history, and we will not give up the right to freedom of choice,” said Marin.
The Kremlin, blackmailing the West with troops near Ukraine’s borders, insists on “security guarantees” that Ukraine will not join NATO, as well as other post-Soviet countries.
Putin intends to agree on the requirements only with the United States, completely excluding the opinion of Kiev. On this occasion, on January 10, negotiations will take place in Geneva in the format of an interdepartmental delegation of Russia and the United States.
Subsequently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov supplemented the list with Sweden and Finland.
On the eve of January 2, US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian head Volodymyr Zelensky discussed tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
The American leader announced a decisive response if the Russian Federation did decide to carry out a full-scale offensive.
In addition, Biden assured Kiev that the discussion of the situation in Ukraine would not take place without Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russia, according to propaganda media, is preparing a large-scale exercise “Thunder” with the participation of all three components of the strategic nuclear forces at the beginning of the year.