The Finnish prime minister does not mince words. “We could listen to friends from Poland”

  • The Finnish prime minister said that the war has shown how important it is for Europe to have its own production of defense equipment and how sensitive we are when it comes to energy
  • As she said, Ukraine will win this war with the support of the EU. In her opinion, now more than ever, the EU needs unity because Russia is using energy as a weapon against Europe
  • In her opinion, the availability and price of energy are among the most important issues that the EU has to solve in the coming months and years
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“The war has shown how important it is for Europe having our own production of defense equipment and how sensitive we are when it comes to energy. We have to admit how naive we were towards Russia and how wrong we were in our ideas about Russia’s actions. We should have listen to our friends from the Baltic states and Poland, who lived under Soviet rule. Together, we are now paying a high price for our dependence on Russian energy, “she said.

As she said, Ukraine will win this war with the support of the EU. “There is no other alternative. In our hearts, the Ukrainians have already won it. They are full of courage and unwavering determination. Their counteroffensive is progressing at an amazing pace and they have forced Russia to withdraw from many parts of their country. Together, we responded to the Russian invasion extensive sanctions and by providing Ukraine with military, economic and humanitarian aid. Europe and the Western world have acted decisively and consistently. Unity is our greatest strength “- she noted.

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“Russia uses energy as a weapon against Europe”

In her opinion, now more than ever, the EU needs unity because Russia is using energy as a weapon against Europe.

We must be as united and determined to show solidarity and care for our citizens as we responded to the blackmail from Russia. We must ensure energy availability throughout Europe and be prepared to take exceptional measures to reduce energy prices, “she added.

EU goals

In her opinion, the availability and price of energy are among the most important issues that the EU has to solve in the coming months and years.

In the short term we need to find all possible means to ensure energy supply and reduce its prices. (…) In the medium and long term, the only way out of the energy crisis is significant investment in renewable and zero-emission energy production, common European transmission networks and storage technologies. We must phase out Russian fossil fuels as soon as possible, “she stressed.

She stressed that Above all, the EU must continue to provide Ukraine with all forms of support and be prepared to impose even stricter sanctions. “The stronger the influence we can achieve through sanctions, the more expensive it will be for Russia to continue the war. (…) Russia may challenge us, blackmail and threaten us, but we will not surrender. The Russian aggressive war prompted Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership. Membership of our countries in NATO will strengthen the security of the whole of Northern Europe and strengthen the Alliance. Russia’s actions have united the West like never before, and Russia is lonelier than ever, “she said.

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