Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ahtisaari: Russia wouldn't mind if Finland joins NATO

Via Helsingin Sanomat:

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari does not believe that Russia would have anything against a possible decision by Finland to join NATO.

“It is also hard to imagine that Russia would have anything against it, because that way we would get rid of talk of Finlandisation around the world”, Ahtisaari said in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat in London on Tuesday.

He also noted that Russian President Boris Yeltsin once even apologised for earlier Soviet interference in Finnish affairs.

“If we want to get rid of the past, so that Finland would never be called Finlandised again, then one might imagine that Russia would have an interest in helping, as a neighbour and as a friend."

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