“I would say we have this debate in Finland this spring. [a discussion about] how we react to the change in the security policy environment and what conclusions it requires of us, he outlined. an event for political journalists In Helsinki.
“I do not want to take any specific position in advance or define the results or conclusions of the report to Parliament – or even the wording,” he added, referring to the forthcoming government report. In addition to foreign and security policy, the economic and security implications of the crisis in Ukraine.
“The report will be presented to Parliament fairly quickly. Our goal is to be ready in weeks, not months. “
The Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson on wednesday rejected the opposition’s requests consider joining the Defense Alliance in the light of the war in Ukraine, considering that the application for membership could destabilize the security situation in Europe.
Marin assured that Finland would thoroughly investigate the effects of both the application for membership and the non-application, including the possibility of ending the war. The country also has special reasons for not rejecting the debate, including its more than 1,300-kilometer border with Russia.
“This is hardly the only thing in the world right now,” he recalled. “I understand that this is getting a lot of attention here, but there is much more in the world than the possible NATO membership of Finland and Sweden.”
He pointed out that Finland must also consider several other critical issues, such as food and energy supply, as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Things as simple as how we can ensure that people’s homes are heated and that there is food in the shops. All of these are things we need to address now so that we don’t get into trouble later. “
According to Marin, both Finland and the EU as a whole must get rid of their energy dependence on Russia as soon as possible.
While in the United States on Tuesday declared that the EU bans the import of oil, coal and liquefied natural gas from Russia, the EU does not yet have to take such decisive action, as it is much more dependent on Russian energy. the European Commission announced it would switch to alternative oil and gas suppliers and expand the clean energy sector with the goal of making the 27-nation bloc independent of Russian fossil fuels from gas “well before 2030”. According to the Commission, Russia’s demand for gas from the EU could fall by two-thirds by the end of 2022.
“Even in these circumstances, energy is imported from Russia into the EU,” Marin pointed out. – At the same time, it is worth bearing in mind that this will finance the war in Russia.
The Prime Minister confirmed that peat will be one of the fuels that will strengthen Finland’s security of energy supply in the short term.
“That doesn’t mean we won’t give up peat’s energy use. All our climate goals remain the same and the path to phasing out peat energy is still intact. We will not give up on these targets, but in the short term – we are talking about this year – we will need to fill all our stocks with domestic fuels, ”he said.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page