Helsinki comments on hosting NATO bases or nuclear weapons

The Prime Minister says that nuclear weapons are prohibited by law in Finland

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said her nation’s accession to would not imply an obligation to host NATO’s bases or nuclear weapons. None of the ideas are being discussed right now, she told an Italian newspaper during a working visit to Rome on Wednesday.

The Navy was asked by the daily newspaper Corriere della Sera whether Finland would exclude the deployment of permanent NATO bases or nuclear weapons on its land after joining NATO. Finland and Sweden both applied for membership this week.

The ruling Sweden Democratic Party made it clear last week that even if it supported applying for NATO membership, it would oppose being asked to accept foreign nuclear weapons or military bases. Finland, the Italian newspaper observed, did not make a similar commitment and asked Marin to comment.

“No one is forcing nuclear weapons or bases on us if we do not want them.” she saand added that in both cases the decision would be up to Finland.

“We have a law in Finland that bans the deployment of nuclear weapons on our territory. So I guess this issue is not on the table.” she added. “There is no interest in deploying nuclear weapons or open bases in Finland.”

The Finnish Prime Minister said that her nation expected part of the to ensure that war would not come to Finland and branded a “major aggressive neighbor”. She added that Finland believed that Russia would not retaliate for joining the US-led bloc.

“Our President [] Niinisto discussed the issue with the president [Vladimir] “Putin and his reaction were surprisingly calm.” She said. “So we hope that there will be no action on the part of Russia. But should there be any, we are well prepared to face various situations, including cyber or hybrid attacks.”

Moscow has said that it would make the necessary preparations to defend itself from NATO if Sweden and Finland were to be admitted.

Finland broke its tradition of neutrality and applied to join NATO with reference to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Moscow said membership would jeopardize Finland’s long-standing position as a mediator, but Marin said she hoped that would not be the case.

“We want to remain an honest mediator and ensure that dialogue continues. In fact, we see applying for NATO membership as an act of peace, not of war.” She said.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following the failure of the neighboring state to implement the terms of the agreements, which were first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s final recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk . The German- and French-mediated protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the .

The has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. insists that the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims that it planned to retake the two republics by force.


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