Just before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Prime Minister Sanna Marin did not rule out the future membership of Finland in FOR THIS. A few months later, the president of a neighboring country Sauli Niinistö, he personally informed Vladimir Putin that “Finland will decide to apply for NATO membership in the coming days.” Although this procedure usually takes quite a long time, due to the extraordinary situation, most of the member states have already ratified documents in parliaments regarding the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Alliance.
Yesterday, Niinistö appeared in a weekly journalistic program broadcast by CNN, run by journalist and political scientist Fareed Zakaria, who asked the president, inter alia, about that how he assesses Putin’s state of mindespecially with regard to the announcement of the possibility of using nuclear weapons.
How did covid affect Vladimir Putin?
In an interview with a journalist, the President of Finland described Putin’s behavior as “poker“. However, he added that the president of Russia.”goes all out and he is a fighterso it’s very hard to see him accepting any objection.
CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria reminded Niinistö that just before the war in Ukraine broke out, he said something about Russian President Vladimir Putin made him more aggressive. Niinistö replied that, in his opinion, Putin’s frustration with the situation in eastern Ukraine had grown gradually since 2014, when the war in the region began.
“Apparently, he decided to resolve the situation by all possible means” – He said.
Then the facilitator asked if he thought the president of Finland was to behave Putin Isolation due to the pandemic may have had an impact COVID-19 and the fact that during the retreat he only listened to a small group of counselors?
“You’ve seen him many times before. Do you think the period of complete two-year isolation played a significant role? ” – Zakaria asked. In response, the president of Finland admitted that Putin had been very cautious in recent years and that he was therefore “all alone in the big empty house”. He admitted, however, that he did not know who was nearby, and he saw him last October.
Will Europe withstand the tension?
However, the facilitator quickly moved to one of the most discussed topics in recent weeks – heating. “It’s getting colder. Gas is already very expensive, due to many conditions it is now 10 times more expensive than before the invasion. »cracks« in the European coalition against Russia? ” – Zakaria asked.
Niinistö only admitted that the current increases, not only in heating prices, make the coming months extremely difficult for many households. He also said that it is often believed that “Westerners” are used to a life that keeps getting better and are very weak at facing difficulties.
“I would say that the Ukrainians are a perfect example of how people are persistent when difficulties come” – Niinistö stated, stressing that “our difficulties” are trivial compared to Ukraine.
At the end of the conversation, Niinistö expressed his willingness to contact Vladimir Putin if it was possible to do “something positive”. At this point, however, the president of Finland sees no such possibility.