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Top Finnish lawmaker balks at Turkey’s NATO threat

Finland’s top legislator has ruled out placating Turkey to win approval for the country’s NATO membership bid, saying parliament can’t change laws and extradite “innocent people” whom Ankara considers to be terrorists. Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen, a former prime minister, made his comments in an interview with Finnish public …

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Finnish Parliament votes in favor of NATO membership

Finnish lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favor of requesting NATO membership. The vote came after parliament’s foreign affairs committee recommended the move due to a threat supposedly posed by Russian foreign policy to Europe. The 200-seat body overwhelmingly supported the application, with 188 lawmakers backing the decision and just eight …

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Finnish leaders make statement on NATO

President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland made a joint statement on Thursday morning, confirming their desire to become part of NATO. The country refrained from asking for accession during the Cold War, but made a U-turn after the Russian attack against Ukraine in February. The statement …

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Finnish FM weighs in on seized Russian art

Finland’s top diplomat has admitted that Finnish customs authorities went too far seizing Russian artwork as it made its way back home from Italy and Japan over the weekend. “The sanctions were adopted so quickly that, apparently, not all circumstances were taken into account,” Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said …

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