“My basic concern is whether diplomacy is enough to avoid a full-scale war. Because of my careless tweet, I will resign as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at tomorrow’s meeting and let our parliamentary group do the job,” he added.
Niikko tweeted on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron or “someone else” should step in front of the media and “say that Ukraine will not join NATO.”
“Is there not a single wise head of state in the West who knows Russia?” he asked.
Although he later deleted the tweet, it attracted widespread attention. Niikko was criticized by MPs in the opening debate of the parliamentary session on Tuesday.
Riikka PurraChairman of Basic Finns on Tuesday told me According to STT, Niikko made the decision to resign independently, thus increasing his desire to bear responsibility for the error.
“The decision to resign was his own, but a lot of the negative feedback from the tweet came from within the party,” he said. “An error had occurred and it was no longer possible to correct it.”
The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs prepares parliamentary resolutions on, among other things, international agreements, foreign and security policy, foreign trade policy and the EU’s common foreign and security policy.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page