Finland’s head of diplomacy, Pekka Haavisto, said Friday that his country has no plans to join NATO at the moment. Commenting on the words of the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, who assessed that the risk of war in the OSCE area now seems greater than at any time in the last 30 years, the head of Finnish diplomacy said that he understood the pressure on Ukraine and Poland due to increasing security tensions on their limits.
– Finland is not in talks with NATO on accession, nor has any such plans. Finland’s policy remains the same, Haavisto told reporters during a conference call ahead of the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brest, France.
Commenting on the words of Rau, who assessed at the Thursday meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna that the risk of war in the OSCE area now seems greater than at any time in the last 30 years, the head of Finnish diplomacy said that he understood the pressure on Ukraine and Poland due to the growing tensions in the OSCE area. security at their borders. “But I hope we’re not in that position,” he added.
Blinken: NATO’s door will remain open
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with MSNBC that NATO’s door would remain open. In turn, on Tuesday, undersecretary in the US Department of State Victoria Nuland said that Washington is ready to talk about the possible accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, if these countries so wish.
Finland has been cooperating with NATO since 1994 and has a strategic alliance with it. In December, it announced an order for 64 F-35 multi-role fighters from the American manufacturer of these machines Lockheed Martin for about 10 billion euros. This is the largest arms order in the history of the country.