Today, Monday, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin confirmed in an interview with Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath that his country is ready for all scenarios after applying to join NATO, noting that so far there are no threats from Moscow.
“Prepare for the crisis”
He added that the energy crisis affects Finland due to rising fuel prices, but made it clear that his country has long been preparing for the crisis “and we do not depend heavily on Russia for energy like many European countries”.
We are ready for all scenarios.
He also expressed Finland’s readiness for any Russian scenario or response following the request to join NATO, noting that “so far there are no Russian threats”.
While he indicated that Finland decided to join NATO after Russian forces entered the territory of Ukraine.
“We are alongside Iranian women”
In another context, the Finnish prime minister, who is attending the climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, condemned Iran’s violations against peaceful protesters, stressing the position alongside Iranian women, saying: “We want justice for the women everywhere “.
Interestingly, US President Joe Biden ratified Finland and Sweden joining NATO last August, while the two Scandinavian countries are proceeding to obtain legislative approval for their application.
“Countering the potential Russian expansion”
The Russian military operation in Ukraine caused a historic shift in Finland and Sweden’s stance on NATO membership, after Helsinki remained neutral during the Cold War, in exchange of assurances from Moscow that Soviet forces would not invade its territory.
It is estimated that the NATO accession process will officially take place at the end of questyear, as part of a new alliance strategy aimed at strengthening military concentrations in Europe to cope with a possible Russian expansion.
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