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Finland calls for a common front in the EU to deal with Russia’s “blackmail”

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BRUSSELS, 13 (Moose Gazette)

The Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, has called this Tuesday in a speech in the European Parliament for unity at the level of the European Union (EU) to face Russia’s energy blackmail, in full escalation of electricity prices as a result of the war in Ukraine.

In his speech at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Marin assured that unity is the “greatest force” of the Twenty-seven and stressed that “now it is more necessary than ever” in the face of the energy “blackmail” proposed by the Russian president , Vladimir Putin.

In his opinion, Europe is at war and it is precisely in difficult times when “European unity is weighed”, for which he has warned that an internally divided EU “is weak and that is what Russia wants”. “We will survive Russian blackmail, but we need unity and courage,” he insisted.

The Scandinavian leader has defended that Moscow has to fail in its attempt to put pressure on the Europeans on energy matters, only to state immediately that Ukraine will win the war with European support. “There is no other option, in our hearts she has already won,” she stressed.

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Marin has recognized strategic errors in Europe’s energy relationship with Russia and regretted that the member states did not listen more to the warnings of countries such as Poland or the Baltics. “We are paying a high price for dependence on Russian energy,” she acknowledged.

In any case, he has pointed out that the relationship with Moscow will never be the same and mutual trust will not be recovered for a long time, which is why he has stressed that in the face of pressure from Putin, the EU must take “exceptional” measures to guarantee access to energy.

Finland, a country that shares a 1,300-kilometre border with Russia, has taken historic steps as a result of the military aggression against Ukraine and has put aside its traditional neutrality to ask to join NATO. Its entry into the Atlantic Alliance is pending ratification and will be confirmed once the 30 members complete the necessary procedures.

CONTACTS WITH TURKEY TO ENTER NATO

At a subsequent press conference, when asked about Turkey’s reluctance to join NATO, the Finnish Prime Minister indicated that she hopes for “rapid ratification”, assuring that Helsinki frequently deals with the security issues raised by Ankara.

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The agreement reached in Madrid on the eve of the NATO summit to clear the way for the Swedish-Finnish Alliance in exchange for greater involvement in the fight against terrorism is the basis on which Helsinki is working, Marin recalled, said that in no case will its Executive make decisions on Kurdish citizens claimed by Turkey.

“The rule of law is very important for Finland and we do not discuss in the government about people who can be expelled or not, these are not decisions made by politicians but by justice institutions”, he stated in relation to Turkish pressure to persecute people allegedly linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

To date, 24 of the 30 allies have already ratified the entry of the Swedes and Finns into NATO, a step that Ankara has not yet taken, fueling the option of a new veto, after delaying formal negotiations for a month on the grounds of an alleged connivance of the Nordic countries with Kurdish terrorism.

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