While Finland announced Thursday that it wanted to join NATO “without delay”, Moscow threatened to take “technical-military” measures in retaliation. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on Saturday called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the Nordic country’s impending NATO bid that has sparked hostility from Moscow, Helsinki reported. To read alsoWhy Finland’s membership in NATO is a major geopolitical upheaval “The conversation was direct and direct and passed without annoyance. Avoiding tensions was considered important,” the Finnish head of state said in a statement from the presidency. The Nordic country “wants to deal with the practical issues of being a neighboring country of Russia in a correct and professional way”, assured Helsinki. SEE ALSO – NATO: membership “would strengthen the security of northern Europe”, says Finland An announcement of NATO candidacy expected on Sunday The President and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced Thursday that they wanted to join “without delay the US-led military alliance, with a bid announcement expected on Sunday. Moscow had threatened to take “technical-military” measures in retaliation. Sweden must also announce in the coming days its candidacy for NATO. According to Helsinki, Sauli Niinistö told Vladimir Putin that Moscow’s demands at the end of 2021 for a freeze on NATO expansion and then the invasion of Ukraine at the end of February had “fundamentally” changed “the security environment of Finland”. On Wednesday, the Finnish president had estimated that Moscow was responsible for the accession project of his country, historically non-aligned and not a member of NATO. “You (Russia) caused this. Look in the mirror,” he said. Sauli Niinistö and Ms. Marin are due to formalize Finland’s decision to be a candidate for NATO on Sunday, with a meeting of Parliament scheduled for Monday.
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