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Happiest countries in the world: Finland is number 1 for the fifth consecutive year

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War in Ukraine: Russians opposed to the war flee through Finland

Twice a day, a crowded train from St. Petersburg arrives in Finland, one of the last corridors out of Russia. Thousands of Russians who have a way out of the country have fled to Finland since its invasion of Ukraine, arriving at Helsinki Central Station, where a Ukrainian flag now flies. A woman, wearing the […]

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Unease and Stoicism on Finland’s Russian Border » Capital News

Imatra, Finland, March 13 – In her snow-covered wooden house 20 minutes from Russia, Maija Poyhia wears a traditional blue headscarf that her mother carried with her when she fled the Soviet invasion of Finland during World War II. In Finland, Russia’s assault on Ukraine has drawn painful associations with the Winter War of 1939, […]

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Unease and stoicism on Finland’s Russian border

Imatra (Finland) (AFP) – In her snow-covered wooden house 20 minutes from Russia, Maija Poyhia wears a traditional blue headscarf that her mother carried with her when she fled the Soviet invasion of Finland during World War II. In Finland, Russia’s assault on Ukraine has drawn painful associations with the Winter War of 1939, when […]

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Finnish President will meet with Putin today

Russia’s defense minister said his invasion of Ukraine was proceeding successfully, despite claims by Western leaders that the Russian military encountered unforeseen obstacles and resistance. “Everything is going according to plan, we are reporting to you here every day this week,” Sergei Shoigu told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a televised meeting of the Security […]

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Putin’s tightrope game disarmed by Russian resistance – Kelowna Capital News

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 suggested that one day the only remaining nuclear risk would come from electricity production. Perhaps it was the whistling, soothing introduction of the Scorpio winds of change that led my naïve 18-year-old brain to believe that some nations could resolve differences through diplomacy without the restraint of […]

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As war rages in Ukraine, Finland offers answers

Finland, where I served as U.S. Ambassador for nearly four years, is making headlines thanks to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. On Friday, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö met with President Joe Biden at the White House. Finland’s defense minister is traveling to Washington this week for talks at the Pentagon. Finnish friends joke about where […]

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The United States and Finland want to strengthen security cooperation

Finland is the EU country with the longest national border with Russia. The country is not a member of NATO, but a close partner in the military alliance. Finland is considered an essential link in the very tense relations between the EU and the Kremlin. “Finland is a key partner of the United States and […]

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Finland and Sweden could take the quiet road to NATO membership

HELSINKI – Nordic governments are stepping up defense cooperation and preparedness planning amid regional tensions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Nordic states are seeking to accelerate the deepening of joint defense measures which could lead to more serious discussions on the need for a Nordic-style solution modeled on Article 5 of the North […]

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Biden welcomes Finnish leader amid Ukrainian invasion | Recent news

President Joe Biden met with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Friday with Finns at a crossroads: whether to get closer to the rest of Europe and the West in trying to join NATO as neighboring Russia hammers Ukraine. “We agree that this is not just an attack on Ukraine, it is an attack on the […]

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Ukraine crisis deepens as Russians attack nuclear power plant » Capital News

Russian armored vehicles destroyed in the town of Bucha, west of Kiev © AFP / ARIS MESSINIS Kiev (AFP), March 3 – Ukraine accused the Kremlin of ‘nuclear terror’ and the West expressed fury on Friday after Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was attacked and seized by invading Russian forces, who continued to bomb big […]

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Will Finland and Sweden join NATO now?

A historic change is underway in Finland. For the first time, most Finns want to join NATO. On the other side of the Baltic Sea, the Swedes are also becoming more favorable to membership. Triggered by Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, this could lead to a major shift in foreign policy for the militarily non-aligned […]

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Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe visits Estonia and Finland

The Minister of Finance and President of the Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe, travels to Estonia and Finland for a series of meetings. On Wednesday March 2 in Tallinn, Minister Donohoe will meet with Finance Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus to discuss the current geopolitical situation, as well as issues relating to the Eurogroup, including the economic governance review […]

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Finland stops selling Russian vodka after NATO threat

Finland suspends sale of Russian alcohol in protest against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Alko, which holds a monopoly on Finland’s alcoholic drinks market, made the move on Monday as the war entered its fifth day. “The situation in Ukraine is exceptional and shocking, and we have taken the situation seriously,” Anu Koskinen, Alko’s vice […]

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Last war in Ukraine: Kyiv defense commander says Russian forces pushed back from capital

Russia’s central bank will start buying gold after a two-year hiatus as the country’s domestic producers face problems accessing international bullion markets. The Bank of Russia said in a statement that it would “resume buying gold in the domestic precious metals market.” The move comes after the central bank and several of the country’s biggest […]

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Finland and Denmark will close airspace to Russian planes

Finland and Denmark said on Sunday they would close their airspace to Russian planes, joining other European countries in tightening sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Finland, which shares a 1,300 kilometer (800 mile) border with Russia, is “preparing to close its airspace to Russian air traffic,” Transport Minister Timo Harakka wrote in […]

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Putin’s chilling threat to Europe as he warns Sweden and Finland against joining NATO or facing ‘military consequences’

Putin posed a chilling threat to Europe by warning that if Sweden and Finland joined NATO there would be “damaging military and political consequences”. Russia shares a border with Finland and a sea border with Sweden – and the comments followed Putin’s escalating invasion of Ukraine as they tried to reach Kiev. 3 Russian spokeswoman […]

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Finland and Sweden ignore Moscow’s warning about joining NATO | Region

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland and Sweden have ignored warnings from neighboring Russia that their possible NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” from Moscow for both countries. A Russian Foreign Ministry statement on Friday expressed concern over what it described as efforts by the United States and some of its allies to “drag” Finland and […]

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Similar countries with very different approaches to security

There is a Finnish proverb, which roughly translates to “to be in the purse of the Lord,” says diplomat Jarmo Sareva. An Irish equivalent might be “to be on the pig’s back”. It’s a phrase he believes perfectly describes Ireland’s approach to defense and security. “Once upon a time, when life was simpler and less […]

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Sweden and Finland are firm on staying out of NATO; Erdogan denounces the invasion of Russia as a “hard blow” for peace; NATO activates “defense plans” for its allies

Brussels: NATO is activating its “defense plans” for allied countries as Russia attacks non-NATO Ukraine, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference on Thursday. Stoltenberg also confirmed that NATO will hold a video summit on Friday to discuss the Russian invasion of its pro-Western neighbor. And he reiterated that NATO had no “plan” to […]

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Finnish President Says Ukraine Crisis Reignites NATO Debate | World

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said today that Russia’s actions during the Ukraine crisis could reignite the debate over his country’s NATO membership. —Photo Reuters HELSINKI, Feb. 22 – Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said today that Russia’s actions during the Ukraine crisis could reignite the debate over his country’s NATO membership. Helsinki was quick to condemn […]

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The Finnish president knows Putin well. And he fears for Ukraine.

HELSINKI — As the threat of another Russian invasion of Ukraine grew, the European head of state with the longest and deepest experience of dealing with Vladimir V. Putin answered calls and offered advice to French President Emmanuel Macron and other desperate world leaders. in its difficult neighbor to the east. “’How about this, what […]