Finnish President Sauli Niinistö called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Saturday about the Nordic country’s imminent candidacy for NATO, a request denounced by Moscow, Finland announced.
The conversation was direct and direct and passed without annoyance. Avoiding tensions was considered important, Finland’s head of state said in a statement.
This Nordic country wants to deal with the practical issues of being a neighboring country of Russia in a correct and professional way, he said.
Sauli Niinistö reportedly told the Russian President that Moscow’s actions since late 2021, which then wanted a freeze on NATO expansion and then triggered the invasion of Ukraine in February, have fundamentally changed the Finland’s security environment, denounced the Nordic country.