Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Is Finland Good Neighbour To Russia By Refusing Being In NATO??

Posted by Info on 02/01/2011

Finland’s President Tarja Halonen said in her traditional New Year’s speech on 1 January, that she had done her utmost to bring about closer and more active ties with all neighbouring countries. The President assured that Finland now had excellent relations with “all its neighbours”, this obviously referring to Russia.

Halonen also pointed out that European Union countries were so closely integrated that what happened in one country was bound to have ramifications in the others. Echoing recent opinion polls, Halonen saw Finland’s neutrality in military alliances and good relations with neighbouring countries as fundamental factors contributing to national security. She stated that the great majority of Finns wanted that Finland stays outside military alliances and that she agreed with their view concerning the fundamental elements of security. Halonen also praised other countries such as Sweden, Austria, Ireland and Malta, who had abstained from full NATO membership while still participating in its peacekeeping operations.

This was Halonen’s second last New Year’s speech. Halonen will deliver her final New Year’s greeting in 2012, when her second term as President comes to an end.

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