MOSCOW.- The President from Finland, Sauli Niinistotoday held a conversation telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Poutinein which he formally expressed his decision to request join NATO “in the next few days”, a decision that the Russian president considered “a mistake”. hours before, Russia has stopped supplying electricity to Finland under the justification of non-payments in the supply of electricity.
“The conversation was direct and straightforward and went off without a hitch. Avoiding tension was considered important“, declared in a press release the Finnish head of state, who became an interpreter between the borders for having been one of the leaders who knows Putin best.
The head of the Kremlin estimated that “reject the traditional policy of military neutrality [de Finlandia] That would be a mistake, because there are no security threats. from the country.
“This change of course in the country’s foreign policy could have a negative effect on relations between Russia and Finlandwhich have been built for many years in a spirit of neighborhood and associative cooperation and have a mutually beneficial character”, detailed a official statement From Moscow.
The Finnish President and Prime Minister of that country, sanna sailorhave come out in favor of joining the Western military alliance and the formal bid is expected to be presented on Sunday.
This decision is a direct consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, since Finland shares more than 1,300 kilometers of land border with Russia., a neighbor who is no longer considered harmless. Sweden is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Nordic country in the coming days.
Putin and Niinisto also discussed the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service reported.
Putin noted that negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv have practically stalled because the Ukrainian side would not be interested in a productive dialogue. “Putin shared the estimates on the state of the negotiation process between the Russians and the Ukrainians which was practically interrupted by kyiv, which shows no interest in a serious dialogue”is read in the text.
before communicating, Russia suspended electricity exports to Finland from Friday to Saturday eveninga few hours after the announcement in this regard made by the Russian energy supplier.
The company responsible for the importance of Russian electricity in Finland, RAO Nordic, with 100% of its Russian capital, announced on Friday that the supply would be suspended due to faults since May 6, on which no further details has not been given. .
Russian exports to Finland “are currently equal to zero”, specified Timo Kaukonen, responsible for the operations of Fingrid, the Finnish operator.
Finland imports 10% of the electricity it needs from Russia. The network operates thanks to the importance of Sweden, according to real-time information from Fingrid, which announced on Friday that he could perfectly do without Russian electricity.
The call between Putin and Niinisto on the same day as the foreign ministers of Finland and Sweden are due to meet their NATO counterparts today in Germany at an informal summit to discuss Alliance membership.
In this regard, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğanmember of NATO, said yesterday that the country would be reluctant to welcome them into the largest open military alliance.
This morning, however, a spokesman for the president claimed that does not mean he will veto membership. “We are not closing the door. But fundamentally, we are raising this issue as a national security issue for Turkey,” Ibrahim Kalin, who is also the president’s top foreign policy adviser, told Reuters.
The 73-year-old Finnish president has become a key figure in Ukraine’s war as an interpreter between East and West, explaining the other’s thinking to each side in the conflict.
“They ask my opinion on a lot of things, and I try to be helpful”Niinisto said, aforementioned for New York Times. “They know I know Putin. And the same thing happens with the Russians, because Putin calls me sometimes and asks me to pass on a message to my Western friends.
Considered the right person to understand what is going on in Putin’s head, Niinisto defends Finland’s NATO membership despite Moscow’s refusal, because he trusts Finnish artillery and considers it to be his country’s right to join the military alliance.
AFP, AP and DPA agencies