Finland’s Finish of Army Neutrality a ‘Mistake,’ Putin Tells Finnish President

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin advised his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto Saturday that Finland scrapping its army neutrality can be a “mistake,” the Kremlin stated.

“Putin careworn that the tip of the normal coverage of army neutrality can be a mistake since there isn’t a risk to Finland’s safety,” the Kremlin stated in a press release after a telephone name between the 2 leaders.

Helsinki is anticipated to announce its NATO membership bid on Sunday.

“Such a change within the nation’s political orientation can have a unfavourable affect on Russian-Finnish relations developed over years in a spirit of fine neighborliness and cooperation between companions,” the assertion added.

Each leaders additionally touched on the state of affairs in Ukraine, the place Russia has been main a army operation since Feb. 24.

Putin knowledgeable his counterpart on the standing of Russian-Ukrainian talks, which he stated had been “close to suspended by Kyiv, which expresses no real interest in constructive and critical dialogue,” the Kremlin added.

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