Finland braces for Russia to cut off gas supplies after Nato application

5/13/2022 4:25:00 AM

Finnish MPs also fear a deluge of asylum seekers being sent across its border with Russia as country prepares to drop decades of neutrality

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🔴Finnish MPs also fear a deluge of asylum seekers being sent across its border with Russia as country prepares to drop decades of neutrality

Finnish MPs also fear a deluge of asylum seekers being sent across its border with Russia as country prepares to drop decades of neutrality

Finland was preparing on Thursday night for Russia to cut gas supplies in retaliation for its imminent application to join Nato..European leaders back Finland’s wish to join Nato European leaders have welcomed Finland’s announcement that it wants to become part of Nato.Three of London’s top chefs share the best way to cook with alcohol Many observers thought Moscow’s larger and better-armed military would be hard to stop, but the Ukrainians have bogged Russian troops down and thwarted their goal of overrunning the capital.

The Kremlin prompted fears of a “hybrid war” after Helsinki announced it wanted to join the US-led alliance “without delay” in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Ministers were planning for industrial shutdowns and food shortages, as they said energy supplies could be halted as early as Friday. Why does Finland want to join? Finland shares a 1,340km border with Russia and the two countries fought twice between 1939 and 1944. Finnish MPs also urged the government to enforce a complete shutdown of its border with Russia to prevent Moscow from forcing asylum seekers over the frontier. Rory Sullivan 1652357420 Russia says it will take ‘retaliatory steps’ after Finland announces Nato bid Russia has vowed to retaliate if Finland joins Nato, following Helsinki’s announcement that it wants to apply for membership. The mounting concerns came after Moscow said it would “definitely” see Finnish membership as a threat to its security.5 per cent of the population, died fighting the Russians in both conflicts, Reuters reported. “The expansion of Nato and the approach of the alliance to our borders do not make the world and our continent more stable and secure,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, added. In the wake of their failure to take Kyiv, Russian forces pulled back and regrouped - and switched their focus to Ukraine’s eastern Donbas, a region where Moscow-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian troops for eight years.

“Everything will depend on how this process takes place, how far the military infrastructure moves towards our borders. “It’s clear that everything has changed since Russia started the war in Ukraine,” he told Voice of America. Rory Sullivan 1652355920 Why do Finland and Sweden want to join Nato? Finland and Sweden are expected to join Nato imminently, a decision sparked by security fears following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” Moscow said Finland and Sweden, which is also expected to join the alliance, would become military targets as soon as Nato troops arrived on their territories. “As soon as Finland and Sweden become Nato members and the alliance units are there, these territories will become a possible target for the Russian military,” said Dmitry Polyansky, deputy representative of the Russian Federation to the UN. And now you could see that this NATO membership is a sort of finalisation of our Western integration. “The Russian Federation will be forced to take certain military steps if Finland and Sweden join Nato. Amid fears of a Russian reprisal, Nato has expressed confidence that security challenges can be tackled in the interim, while the UK has said it will provide military protection if the countries are attacked.” However, local media reports suggested Finnish politicians were expecting gas to be the initial target for Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto talk during their meeting in the Kremlin last year / AP What would be the potential impact? The biggest impact would no doubt be felt in Stockholm where political leaders would feel compelled to begin an application for Sweden to join NATO. Russian advances in the east follow weeks of their stubborn efforts to push through Ukrainian defences in the Donbas.

They were already anticipating a shut-off because of a pending gas bill, which Vladimir Putin has demanded in roubles, on May 23. The European Commission refused to grant Finland special powers to close its borders to asylum seekers arriving from Russia. Results are due on May 13. Under EU law, Helsinki must “process anyone who asks for asylum, including Russians”, according to a senior Brussels official. Opposition politicians attacked the Finnish government for complying with the diktat, arguing Helsinki’s leaders had placed respect for international agreements over the security of Finland. The country is unlikely to want to be the sole Nordic outsider should Finland join the alliance. It is feared that Russia could move to exploit its border with Finland in a similar way to Belarus, which sent thousands of Middle Eastern refugees over its frontiers with the EU in retaliation for western sanctions. Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, has suffered heavy Russian bombardment during the war as Russia sought to encircle it.

The Russian leader’s attack on Ukraine has prompted Finland to drop decades of military neutrality. Recent polls show that 48 per cent of Swedes support joining Nato following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Politico reported. “Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties,” said Sauli Niinisto, the president of Finland, and Sanna Marin, the prime minister, announcing their intentions to apply to join the alliance. “As a member of Nato, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” they added. Finnish and Swedish forces train so often with NATO that they are essentially interoperable. “Finland must apply for Nato membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days. Moscow has also raised the prospect of deploying nuclear weapons in the region. In the southern port city of Mariupol, which has seen some of the worst destruction of the war, Ukraine offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of badly wounded fighters trapped inside the Azovstal steel mill, the last redoubt of Ukrainian forces in the ruined city.

” Finland’s parliamentary defence committee concluded on Thursday that membership would be the “best option” for the country’s security. A large majority of Finland’s parliament now backs membership and a recent opinion poll showed support for joining Nato was at 76 per cent. Petersburg lies just 170 km from the border with Finland. Boris Johnson has vowed to defend Finland, as well as Sweden, in the event of a Russian attack while they apply for Nato membership. “Look, I think it’s been an important day because what we have done has cemented something that should really be implicit, which is that the UK and Sweden, the UK and Finland, are close friends and partners, and in the event of an attack on either of them, it’s almost unimaginable the UK wouldn’t come to their assistance in one way or another. However, defence analysts said any military action in Nordic countries appears unlikely given Moscow’s preoccupation with seizing eastern Ukraine. But we’ve never said it before,” the Prime Minister told The Economist. “The occupiers turned Mariupol into a medieval ghetto,” said Mayor Vadym Boychenko in comments published by City Hall, as he called for a complete evacuation of the city.

“We’ve never formalised it before, in a solemn declaration as we have today. ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT?.” But before Finland can officially join Nato, its president and powerful ministerial committee on foreign and security policy must make a formal decision on submitting an application. After the alliance receives the bid, its 30-strong membership must approve the move and then ratify the application in their national laws. Meanwhile, Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, will urge Western allies to go “further and faster” to support Ukraine to “constrain Putin’s aggression”. “To help Ukraine, we need to go further and faster,” she will tell counterparts at G7 and Nato meetings in Germany over the weekend.

“The best long-term security for Ukraine will come from it being able to defend itself. That means providing Ukraine with a clear pathway to Nato-standard equipment.” .

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What would be the impact of Finland joining Nato and how could Russia react?Adding new Nato members typically take months and the decision will need to be ratified by the alliance’s 30 members

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Finland was preparing on Thursday night for Russia to cut gas supplies in retaliation for its imminent application to join Nato..European leaders back Finland’s wish to join Nato European leaders have welcomed Finland’s announcement that it wants to become part of Nato.Three of London’s top chefs share the best way to cook with alcohol Many observers thought Moscow’s larger and better-armed military would be hard to stop, but the Ukrainians have bogged Russian troops down and thwarted their goal of overrunning the capital.

The Kremlin prompted fears of a “hybrid war” after Helsinki announced it wanted to join the US-led alliance “without delay” in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Ministers were planning for industrial shutdowns and food shortages, as they said energy supplies could be halted as early as Friday. Why does Finland want to join? Finland shares a 1,340km border with Russia and the two countries fought twice between 1939 and 1944. Finnish MPs also urged the government to enforce a complete shutdown of its border with Russia to prevent Moscow from forcing asylum seekers over the frontier. Rory Sullivan 1652357420 Russia says it will take ‘retaliatory steps’ after Finland announces Nato bid Russia has vowed to retaliate if Finland joins Nato, following Helsinki’s announcement that it wants to apply for membership. The mounting concerns came after Moscow said it would “definitely” see Finnish membership as a threat to its security.5 per cent of the population, died fighting the Russians in both conflicts, Reuters reported. “The expansion of Nato and the approach of the alliance to our borders do not make the world and our continent more stable and secure,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, added. In the wake of their failure to take Kyiv, Russian forces pulled back and regrouped - and switched their focus to Ukraine’s eastern Donbas, a region where Moscow-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian troops for eight years.

“Everything will depend on how this process takes place, how far the military infrastructure moves towards our borders. “It’s clear that everything has changed since Russia started the war in Ukraine,” he told Voice of America. Rory Sullivan 1652355920 Why do Finland and Sweden want to join Nato? Finland and Sweden are expected to join Nato imminently, a decision sparked by security fears following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” Moscow said Finland and Sweden, which is also expected to join the alliance, would become military targets as soon as Nato troops arrived on their territories. “As soon as Finland and Sweden become Nato members and the alliance units are there, these territories will become a possible target for the Russian military,” said Dmitry Polyansky, deputy representative of the Russian Federation to the UN. And now you could see that this NATO membership is a sort of finalisation of our Western integration. “The Russian Federation will be forced to take certain military steps if Finland and Sweden join Nato. Amid fears of a Russian reprisal, Nato has expressed confidence that security challenges can be tackled in the interim, while the UK has said it will provide military protection if the countries are attacked.” However, local media reports suggested Finnish politicians were expecting gas to be the initial target for Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto talk during their meeting in the Kremlin last year / AP What would be the potential impact? The biggest impact would no doubt be felt in Stockholm where political leaders would feel compelled to begin an application for Sweden to join NATO. Russian advances in the east follow weeks of their stubborn efforts to push through Ukrainian defences in the Donbas.

They were already anticipating a shut-off because of a pending gas bill, which Vladimir Putin has demanded in roubles, on May 23. The European Commission refused to grant Finland special powers to close its borders to asylum seekers arriving from Russia. Results are due on May 13. Under EU law, Helsinki must “process anyone who asks for asylum, including Russians”, according to a senior Brussels official. Opposition politicians attacked the Finnish government for complying with the diktat, arguing Helsinki’s leaders had placed respect for international agreements over the security of Finland. The country is unlikely to want to be the sole Nordic outsider should Finland join the alliance. It is feared that Russia could move to exploit its border with Finland in a similar way to Belarus, which sent thousands of Middle Eastern refugees over its frontiers with the EU in retaliation for western sanctions. Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, has suffered heavy Russian bombardment during the war as Russia sought to encircle it.

The Russian leader’s attack on Ukraine has prompted Finland to drop decades of military neutrality. Recent polls show that 48 per cent of Swedes support joining Nato following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Politico reported. “Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties,” said Sauli Niinisto, the president of Finland, and Sanna Marin, the prime minister, announcing their intentions to apply to join the alliance. “As a member of Nato, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” they added. Finnish and Swedish forces train so often with NATO that they are essentially interoperable. “Finland must apply for Nato membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days. Moscow has also raised the prospect of deploying nuclear weapons in the region. In the southern port city of Mariupol, which has seen some of the worst destruction of the war, Ukraine offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of badly wounded fighters trapped inside the Azovstal steel mill, the last redoubt of Ukrainian forces in the ruined city.

” Finland’s parliamentary defence committee concluded on Thursday that membership would be the “best option” for the country’s security. A large majority of Finland’s parliament now backs membership and a recent opinion poll showed support for joining Nato was at 76 per cent. Petersburg lies just 170 km from the border with Finland. Boris Johnson has vowed to defend Finland, as well as Sweden, in the event of a Russian attack while they apply for Nato membership. “Look, I think it’s been an important day because what we have done has cemented something that should really be implicit, which is that the UK and Sweden, the UK and Finland, are close friends and partners, and in the event of an attack on either of them, it’s almost unimaginable the UK wouldn’t come to their assistance in one way or another. However, defence analysts said any military action in Nordic countries appears unlikely given Moscow’s preoccupation with seizing eastern Ukraine. But we’ve never said it before,” the Prime Minister told The Economist. “The occupiers turned Mariupol into a medieval ghetto,” said Mayor Vadym Boychenko in comments published by City Hall, as he called for a complete evacuation of the city.

“We’ve never formalised it before, in a solemn declaration as we have today. ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT?.” But before Finland can officially join Nato, its president and powerful ministerial committee on foreign and security policy must make a formal decision on submitting an application. After the alliance receives the bid, its 30-strong membership must approve the move and then ratify the application in their national laws. Meanwhile, Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, will urge Western allies to go “further and faster” to support Ukraine to “constrain Putin’s aggression”. “To help Ukraine, we need to go further and faster,” she will tell counterparts at G7 and Nato meetings in Germany over the weekend.

“The best long-term security for Ukraine will come from it being able to defend itself. That means providing Ukraine with a clear pathway to Nato-standard equipment.” .