Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and the Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson traveled to Washington DC to meet with the President of the United States Joe Biden to discuss NATO-related matters.
Swedish daily Hufvudsbladet covered mini-summi.
As Turkey’s demands are not entirely on Finland, it is unclear whether diplomatic negotiations will take place through Finland or the United States. Niinistö emphasized that the responsibility lies with Finland.
"We figure out exactly what they want and then leave a clear and unambiguous message. Then we can discuss more," Niinistö said.
However, there are certain aspects of Turkey’s protest that Finland alone cannot smooth out.
When Turkey acquired the Russian S-400 missile defense system, the country was excluded from several aircraft agreements and excluded from the F-35 fighter program.
Helsingin Sanomat reported on the matter that the United States sees no need to reconsider Turkey’s F-16 fighter jet agreement on Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership.
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan He said that there were no plans to start new negotiations with Turkey or to start direct negotiations with Finland and Sweden in connection with NATO.
According to Turkish media reports, the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could reject its protests against Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO bids if Turkey could buy more F-16 fighter jets or if Turkey were re-admitted to the F-35 program.
This week, the Yle News podcast All Points North looked at Turkey’s motives in its efforts to prevent Finland and Sweden from joining NATO.
Electricity bills on the rise
Business every day Kauppalehti carried paragraph regarding the rapid rise in electricity prices.
KL said the rise in prices could be due to a number of factors – not just Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Last year, the electricity market was affected by the depletion of water supply caused by dry weather, followed by cold temperatures in November and December and a general rise in natural gas prices across Europe.
These long-term effects, combined with the interruption of electricity imports from Russia, have raised the price of electricity to more than 80 euros per megawatt hour. At the beginning of January, however, the price of electricity peaked at almost 200 euros per megawatt hour. In the summer of 2020, the price of electricity was only about 20 euros per megawatt hour.
KL talked to Toni Sjöblomenergy company Gasum’s analyst on recent developments affecting Finland’s electricity bills.
"During May, there is talk of an estimated price increase of 20-30 euros per megawatt hour," Sjöblom told KL.
However, Sjöblom maintained a positive view of the situation.
"Looking to the future, the market situation will calm down and more wind power will come to Finland, and its impact [of cutting off Russian electricity imports] will be much smaller. In the longer term, it could drop to around five euros per megawatt hour." Sjöblom emphasized.
The World Hockey Championships continue
The Finns, who will survive overtime in Canada and win every second game in this tournament, will have to play for the British national hockey team on Friday afternoon.
This is a stark contrast to the underlying British team. The British have not been very successful in the tournament against their opponents and they have recorded losses in all their games. However, they allowed the Norwegian team to escape their money, which brought the match to extra time, although they eventually lost.
Although there is evidence that hockey was fictitious In the UK, Aamulehti described their entry into the tournament for the third time in a row a "little wonder."
The last time Lions faced the British was in 2019, when the Finns won a 5-0 defeat in Slovakia. Despite this, the teams have only faced three times in history, and Britain currently leads the historic series with a 2-1 victory after winning Finland in 1951 and 1961.
Finland may level the series when the teams meet this afternoon, or GB may have the story of a year-old underdog against the ruling Olympic gold.
Source: The Nordic Page