29 Oct 2022 8:52 pm

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin considers the stationing of nuclear weapons in the country to be unlikely. It was previously reported that Finland’s NATO accession project does not impose any restrictions on the stationing of nuclear weapons in the country.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in an interview with the Finnish newspaper yle said she did not think it likely that the country would station nuclear weapons on its territory if it joined NATO. Marin claimed:

“I think it is very important that we do not set such conditions in advance and do not try to limit our own room for maneuver when it comes to permanent bases or the issue of nuclear weapons.”

It is unlikely that nuclear weapons will ever reach Finnish soil, but future Finnish governments may see it differently, she stressed. The Finnish Prime Minister also said that there are no unresolved issues between Finland and Turkey that stand in the way of joining NATO. Marin hoped to make progress on this issue in the near future.

Finland applied for NATO membership at the same time as Sweden in May this year. The decision to join NATO had already been supported by almost all members of the alliance, but Turkey and Hungary have not yet ratified the agreement.

Marin has repeatedly stated in the past that NATO has no interest in having bases or nuclear weapons in Finland and nobody can force it on Helsinki. She noted:

“I believe that this issue is not on the agenda.”

Meanwhile, the Finnish newspaper reported Iltalehti on October 26, citing sources that Finland’s draft law on NATO accession contains virtually no restrictions on the stationing of military bases or weapons of mass destruction on Finnish territory. According to the sources, during talks with NATO in July, Finnish Foreign and Defense Ministers Pekka Haavisto and Antti Kaikkonen pledged that the country would not include any restrictions or reservations in the alliance’s accession treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said NATO enlargement to Sweden and Finland poses no “immediate threat” to Russia, but that Russia will retaliate if military infrastructure in those areas is expanded. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova promised that the Russian Defense Ministry would prepare a “surprise” in this case.

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