Sauli Niinisto discusses Russia’s doable response following his nation’s pledge to affix NATO.
Finland shares a border with Russia that’s greater than 1,300 kilometres lengthy, so sustaining neutrality within the energy wrestle between East and West has all the time been central to the nation’s survival.
The Nordic nation had beforehand refused to affix NATO. However following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Helsinki put its historic neutrality apart and formally requested to affix the West’s main navy alliance. In response, Moscow warned there could possibly be political and navy penalties.
So is a Russian offensive doable? And would Finland be ready to face it?
The president of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, talks to Al Jazeera.