The Speaker of Parliament criticizes Halla-aho "military intervention" comments

Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (Cen) has told that he does not take comments into account () that Western intervention in Ukraine is appropriate.

Halla-aho, the new chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, said on Tuesday that Western military intervention in Ukraine could not be ruled out. He also told Helsingin Sanomat that he thought such an intervention was inevitable, so it should be implemented sooner or later.

President of Russia hinted last week that it was ready to use nuclear weapons if Russia’s intentions in Ukraine were to be thwarted.

Referring to Halla-aho’s comments, former Prime Minister Vanhanen said that it was important to make it clear that the statements did not reflect the position or policy of the Finnish state, parliament or foreign affairs committee.

Vanhanen also warned about the risks associated with misunderstandings about ’s official position on the war in Ukraine.

"If the message is not clear that these are not Finland’s official statements, the only official way for Parliament to deal with the matter is to dismiss the entire committee." The old man said.

He emphasized, however, that he was not proposing the dismissal of the committee, but "rely on the political process"which refers to the way in which parties elect their representatives and candidates for different committee roles.

Vanhanen added that it is not for the Speaker of Parliament to say that Halla-aho’s party chair Riikka Purra, should respond to comments in some special way. Purra told Yle on Wednesday that the party does not intend to interfere in Halla-aho’s activities and that he is very pleased with his presidency.

MP Erkki Tuomioja The Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee (SDP) criticizes Halla-aho’s comments as "irresponsible".

"It is clear that we do not want World War III, and that is why both NATO and Russia have tried to ensure that these forces do not have to face each other. If that happened, it would be very destructive for us [Finland] too," Tuomioja said in an interview with Yle Radio 1 First morning performance on Wednesday morning.

The threat of nuclear war has been a major factor in the decision of Western countries not to send troops to Ukraine. said last week that if "Americans and Russians are starting to shoot each other" it can start world war.

"We support Ukraine, as we must, and we have imposed the largest sanctions on Russia in history." Tuomioja added.

Elder: Watch your words these days

Also on Tuesday Halla-aho tweeted in English that if Putin tried to shoot Russia’s nuclear weapons, someone would press a "9mm " to the back of his head.

Halla-aho has defended her comments, claiming to be participating in the public debate as a Member of Parliament. However, according to Vanhanen, it may be difficult for people to distinguish comments made in a public debate from statements made as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

"It’s not easy, especially in these times when people are following very closely what everyone is saying," Vanhanen added that although it is difficult to separate these roles in Finland, it is even more difficult abroad, where Finnish political culture is not very well known.

"When a neighboring country is at war and has launched an attack on another sovereign state, it is the duty of each of us to strive to ensure that deliberate statements and messages about the war and our own actions and goals in Finland can be conveyed equally consistently. and as clearly as possible," he noted.

"We have a constitution that foreign policy is governed by co-operation between the president and the government. The task of Parliament is to supervise and resolve possible disputes. Parliament is not the one to draw the line," The old man continued.

Yle asked the Prime Minister (SDP) on Tuesday for his reactions to Halla-aho’s comments, and he replied that they were "strong words" chaired the committee.

"I, for my part, believe that Parliament is assessing what has happened here." he said.

Bite: Halla-aho can tell her opinion

Purra, the leader of basic Finns, said that he did not believe that Halla-aho’s comment posed a risk to Finland.

"I don’t see the risk. It has already been stated on several occasions that Halla-aho’s tweet is not in line with Finnish foreign policy," he said, adding that his party friend has the right to express his opinion.

"Both politicians and others can present assessments, opinions, and possible scenarios. I think it’s allowed," Bite said.

Source: The Nordic Page

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