Finland Seeks to Stay Military Neutral

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Finland should remain militarily neutral since it helps ensure safety in the Baltic Sea area, Prime Minister Juha Sipila stated in an interview ahead of parties of the nation’s 100 decades of independence.

The EU member state was a part of the Russian Empire and Won liberty during the 1917 Russian revolution but it nearly lost it fighting the Soviet Union in World War Two.

The center-right government retains the option of seeking NATO membership but remaining non-aligned and raising defense cooperation with Sweden and the EU has been Finland’s manner, Sipila said.

“At the moment, to possess Finland and Sweden forming this Militarily non-aligned zone, ” I think that raises the security and stability in the Baltic Sea region … I find no reason to alter this,” Sipila told Reuters by phone.

Finland has stepped up military alliance with Sweden And forged closer ties with NATO since it’s concerned about Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and heightened East-West tensions in the Baltic Sea.

However, the government has opted to remain out of NATO in line with its tradition of avoiding confrontation with Russia.

A report commissioned by the authorities said last year that if Finland joined NATO it would result in a crisis with Russia, which is also a major trade partner for Finland.

Moscow has hinted that it might move troops closer to the Finnish-Russian boundary if Finland joins NATO.

“We want to be … in the geart of the European Union, nevertheless, the principal difference between us and the majority of EU states is our military non-alignment.”

Sipila, who directs Finland’s Centre celebration, said any move to join would require public approval using a referendum.

Finance Minister Petteri Orpo from Finland’s poll-leading National Coalition party told Reuters last week that he believed that joining NATO would enhance Finland’s security.