As Finland examines its defense options in a changed security environment, one of the biggest questions has been whether Finland will be protected from Russian invasion during a possible NATO search process.
This was according to the White House press secretary. Jen Psaki, who said the United States supports its partners.
"We are confident that we can find ways to address the concerns of both countries between the time they apply for NATO membership and their formal accession to the Alliance," Psaki said at a news conference.
Psaki reiterated that Finland and Sweden are both valuable defense partners for the United States.
IS wrote that Psaki also said the United States supports NATO’s open door policy and defends the right of each country to decide on its own foreign and security policy.
If Finland and Sweden decide to apply for membership, they will need the approval of all 30 current NATO members, including the United States. The process could take up to a year, but NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an exclusive interview with Yle on Thursday that he estimated it would take months.
Extinction Rebellion disrupts traffic
Helsingin Sanomat wrote According to police, the protest of the environmental organization Extinction Rebellion is expected to cause significant traffic disruptions in the center of Helsinki on Friday.
The environmental group announced that it intends to block traffic on Friday at the intersection of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu near Lasipalatsi in the heart of the city center from 4 pm to 9 pm.
The message from the protesters is similar to their previous demonstrations: over-consumption must be stopped.
Extinction Rebellion, or Elokapinahas staged several demonstrations on Mannerheimintie in recent years and its members have been arrested by the police on several occasions.
HS wrote that the police tried to postpone the demonstration and did not consider the main street in Helsinki a suitable place for the demonstration. Police chose Citizen’s Square, Oodi Central Library, as an alternative location.
"The police will consult with the organizer of the demonstration so that the demonstration does not cause unnecessary disturbance to other residents of the city," stated the Inspector General Jarmo Heinonen in a police press release.
Police can intervene if protesters break the law, endanger safety or disrupt traffic, the press release said.
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The kidnapped boy from Kulosaare escapes
Tabloid Iltalehti carried the story a nine-year-old kidnapping victim who escaped from his prisoner.
The boy had been on his way to school in the Kulosaari archipelago when he was abducted by a 54-year-old man with a gun on April 22nd.
According to current information, the suspect in the abduction forced the child into a car just before nine in the morning and set off to drive east from Kulosaari. He stopped to secure the boy to the car seat frame with zippers. He also covered the boy’s face with a cloth and tape.
The suspect sent a blackmail message on his phone to the boy’s parents shortly after the abduction, and his parents immediately contacted police.
The suspect drove further east to Sipoo, lifted the boy out of the car and tied him to a tree with zippers and left his face covered with cloth and tape.
The suspect left the boy tied to a tree, but the nine-year-old was able to remove the fasteners and walked to a nearby road.
A bystander found him at about 1 p.m.
Detective inspector Marko Forss praised the courage of the young schoolboy.
"The boy acted with extraordinary courage in the situation. He also explained the events to the police very clearly and consistently, especially given his age." Forss told IL.
The police arrested the suspect at about 3 pm. According to the police, the abduction had been considered and the suspect sought ransom from a family living in a prosperous area of Helsinki.
"We suspect that the motive for the act was the pursuit of economic gain. However, no ransom was paid for the boy,"
The IL stated that such cases are rare in Finland, but Forrss does not believe that crimes are on the rise.
"That is a rare exception. It is clear that this type of activity is not very profitable," he stressed to IL."
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Source: The Nordic Page