The cube was thrown for Finland and its decision to join NATO. In an action of historical significance, the president of the Nordic country contacted him Vladimir Putin and informed him that Finland would initiate the procedures for accession to the North Atlantic Alliance. As a mistake The decision was described by the Russian president, while Moscow cut off electricity exports to Helsinki, sending a first loud message to its neighboring country.
President Sauli Niinisto stressed to his Russian counterpart 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 fundamentally changed Finland’s security environment.”
“According to the Finnish presidency, the conversation was immediate and uninterrupted and took place without irritation, noting that Helsinki wants to deal properly and professionally with practical issues related to the fact that it is a neighbor of Russia,” Helsinki assured. .
Russia has also been vocal in its opposition to Putin’s Finnish invasion, with the Russian president saying “the end of the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake if there is no threat to Finland’s security. »,
The Kremlin said in a statement issued after the telephone conversation that “such a change in the country’s political orientation could have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which for years developed in a spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners, being mutually beneficial.” .
Russia has cut off electricity supplies to Finland
The first retaliation from Russia to Finland did not take long to come. “Electricity exports from Russia to Finland were suspended overnight on Friday, following a statement from a Russian supplier, an official from the Finnish power grid told AFP.
The company responsible for the sale of Russian electricity in Finland, RAO Nordic, announced yesterday its intention to stop its deliveries at midnight, citing overdue debts, while Finland is preparing to announce its candidacy. NATO.
NATO: Attendance of Sweden and Finland joins informal Council
The informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the NATO member states, in which the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias also participates, takes place today and tomorrow, Sunday, in Berlin, focusing on the war in Ukraine and the forthcoming application for the accession of Sweden and Finland.
Among other things, the position that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu will take in the meeting regarding the possibility of joining the Sweden-Finland Alliance is expected to be of particular interest. “We are currently monitoring developments in Sweden and Finland, but we do not have a positive opinion,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, calling the Nordic countries “hostels of terrorist organizations” such as the banned Kurdish PKK.