Finland’s US ambassador responds to Russian threats over potential NATO membership

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Finland’s ambassador to the U.S. boasted about his country’s strong military and said he didn’t see an “immediate threat” after a Russian official suggested military action if the Nordic nation were to join NATO.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Finland and Sweden would “face some military and political consequences” if they joined.

“We are not in a position that we will get scared because of one statement,” Ambassador Mikko Hautala told Fox News. “We have one of the best armies in Europe.”

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (L) and President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö walk down the red carpet. 
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“We have strong defense,” he added. “We have really good international partners.”

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Finnish Air Force F-18s during a NATOs Baltic Air Policing drill simulating an interception of a civilian flight near Siauliai airport in Lithuania on Jan. 14, 2020. 

Finnish Air Force F-18s during a NATOs Baltic Air Policing drill simulating an interception of a civilian flight near Siauliai airport in Lithuania on Jan. 14, 2020. 
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Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday after amassing troops on its border. One factor for the attack was Ukraine’s consideration to join NATO.

Hautala said Russia’s been threatening Finland over NATO for years.

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“They have always said that they would take some measures if Finland would join,” he told Fox News.

Ukrainian service members look for and collect unexploded shells after fighting with a Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on the morning of Feb. 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene. 

Ukrainian service members look for and collect unexploded shells after fighting with a Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on the morning of Feb. 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene. 
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“We don’t see any direct immediate threat,” Hautala added, though he noted that Finland must “take it seriously” because of the conflict in Ukraine.

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Hautala also predicted that the invasion wouldn’t spill over into other European nations.

Finland is one of many countries that condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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