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Ukraine war: Putin warns Finland joining Nato would be 'mistake'

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Posted: 15/05/22 - 00:49
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned his Finnish counterpart that joining Nato and abandoning Finland's neutral status would be a "mistake".

He told Sauli Niinistö there was no threat to Finland's security.

The exchange came during a phone call made by the Finnish president, ahead of a formal request which Finland is expected to announce very soon.

Sweden has also indicated its intention to join the Western alliance, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Finland shares a 1,300-km (810-mile) border with Russia. Until now, it has stayed out of Nato to avoid antagonising its eastern neighbour.

Mr Putin did not make a specific threat of retaliation over Finland's move, but the Russian foreign ministry has indicated there will be retaliation.

Russia's decision to suspended electricity supplies to Finland is being seen as an early sign, however.

I Call Bull: BULL! It's not a mistake, its exactly what they need to do to stop Russia invading. Lets face the facts, Russia repeatedly denied it was going to invade the Ukraine before murdering civilians by bombing schools and hospitals so why would anyone, anywhere believe Putin when he says he wouldn't invade Finland?
I see Putin has now responded by cutting any electricity Russia supply to Finland in an aggressive move in an attempt to bully Finland into not joining NATO.

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As I said the sooner the better so we don't have to come good on Johnson's moronic promise of protection.
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I think Finland has precisely 1300km of reasons to want NATO membership the way Putin has acted again.
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Joining NATO is literally their only option right now