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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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Finland will review its security policy as part of its NATO membership

The new review comes just 18 months after the government completed its last assessment, taking on added urgency since Russia invaded Ukraine. Many Finns are traditionally wary of Russia, with which their Nordic country shares a 1,340 km (830 mile) border and a history of two wars between 1939 and 1944 that cost Finland substantial […]

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Will Ukraine be like Chechnya or Finland?

It is often assumed that strategies are chosen on the basis of careful thought and objective facts, but strategic culture – the lived and inherited experiences of decision makers – is sometimes more influential. As we try to gauge how Vladimir Putin will respond to Ukraine’s courageous resistance, two Soviet/Russian military experiences can help us […]

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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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On Swedish Gotland, the war in Ukraine revives fears of Russia » Capital News

Visby (Sweden) (AFP), March 5 – “You never know”: like many other Swedes on the island of Gotland, Emelie Cedeskog stocked up on canned goods and checked where the nearest air-raid shelter was. In a country long marked by “fear of the Russians”, many of the island’s 60,000 residents have had concerns heightened by tensions […]

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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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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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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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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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Finnish president sees changes in Putin: ‘It was a different behavior’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö talk during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, October 29, 2021. | Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin swimming pool photo via AP Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said on Sunday he had seen changes in the behavior of Russian President Vladimir Putin recently, saying he now […]

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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 […]

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Crisis between the United Kingdom, Finland and Ukraine: what will Vladimir Putin do next?

Finnish Ambassador Mikko Hautala and Deputy UK Ambassador Michael Tatham discuss Russia’s aggression against Ukraine during a Jan. 31 webinar moderated by Foreign Policy editor Ravi Agrawal. With Russia massing more than 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine and the threat of an invasion making headlines around the world, pundits are wondering what Vladimir […]

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Finland’s president says Minsk agreement should be reviewed

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto speaks during a news briefing on the result of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Helsinki, Finland November 8, 2020. Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva/via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HELSINKI, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The Minsk agreement should be reviewed to find a solution to the ongoing crisis […]

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Are you going to Helsinki? 10 tips for a vacation in the Finnish capital

(CNN) — Finland hosts two of the world’s most powerful men when Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet on July 16 in Helsinki. They’ll probably have too much to say to each other to share a sauna or hit the town’s bars, but with the spotlight on Finland’s biggest city, it may encourage others to […]