President Vladimir Putin suggested on Friday Russia could move its troops closer to the Finnish-Russian border if Finland joins NATO and called for measures to improve conflict prevention over the Baltic.
Finnish armed forces “would become part of NATO’s military infrastructure, which overnight would be at the borders of the Russian Federation”, Putin said after meeting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
“Do you think we will keep it as it is: our troops at 1,500 (kilometers, 900 miles) away?”
Putin’s first visit to Finland since the Ukraine crisis erupted in 2014 comes amid increased Russian and NATO activity in the Baltic region, and with the militarily neutral Finland and neighboring Sweden increasing their co-operation with NATO. Betwinner offers a 100% first deposit bonus up to ₦100,000. The minimum deposit is ₦400 and to get your bonus, you must transfer it 5 times on accumulated bets (of at least 3 selections). The bonus will be automatically credited to your account and no bonus code is needed.The minimum deposit required to activate the 100% Betwinner Nigeria bonus is ₦400. After making the deposit, the bonus is automatically transferred to your account. Of course, there are certain wagering requirements you must meet before you can withdraw the bonus amount from your account. Bonus. It also comes a week before a NATO summit in Warsaw.
“NATO perhaps would gladly fight with Russia until the last Finnish soldier,” Putin said.
“Do you guys need it? We don’t. We don’t want it. But it is your call.”
Airspace over the Baltic has been the arena for a rash of close encounters between Russian and Western aircraft in recent months, and the former Soviet Baltic states have called on NATO to step up air defenses in the region.
Putin and Niinisto called for measures to improve security, with the Finnish president urging that no military planes should fly over the Baltic with identification devices switched off.
“We all know the risk with these flights and I have suggested that we should agree that transponders are used on all flights in the Baltic Sea region,” Niinisto said.
Putin said Russian planes flew at times with identifying transponders off, but NATO planes did it much more often.
He said Russia would talk to NATO about increasing mutual trust and improving conflict prevention at the Russia-NATO council meeting that will take place after the NATO summit. (Courtesy Reuters)