Peskov dismisses allegations that Moscow took personal swipe at ObamaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 13:45
NATO seeks constructive dialogue with Russia — StoltenbergWorld January 19, 13:43
At least 30 firefighters feared dead as burning building collapses in Iran — mediaWorld January 19, 13:41
Kremlin gives no comment on Constitutional Court’s decision on Yukos caseRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 13:35
Kremlin rejects Biden’s reproaches of Russia’s aggressivenessRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 13:26
Embassy in talks with Spanish authorities to protect detained Russian programmer’s rightsRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 13:23
Russia invited US to join talks on Syria in Astana — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 13:14
Spanish court to consider request on detained Russian programmer’s extradition to USWorld January 19, 13:14
Upgraded Night Hunter's weapon systems to surpass all foreign counterparts — designerMilitary & Defense January 19, 13:14
HELSINKI, February 28. /TASS/. The issue of Finland’s possible accession to NATO will be put up for referendum, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told the media on Saturday.
"We had a referendum on [Finland’s] accession to the EU. In this case, we are talking about the issue of a similar scale," Niinisto said.
He expressed hope that the new Finnish government that comes to power after parliamentary election in April will not include in its program the point on excluding accession to NATO. "In any case, I hope it [the new government] will not exclude the possibility altogether," the president noted.
The incumbent authorities’ program includes a point that states that Finland will not file for accession to NATO in the period of the current government’s service.
On Friday, Niiniste told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that the situation in Finland shows that the country’s accession to NATO will not happen any time soon.
"The latest public opinion poll showed that only 26% of Finns are for accession to NATO, while 43% are against. To make such a decision, we also need at least two-thirds of votes in the parliament. These are facts. Moreover, the current situation shows that many people in the West are saying that filing for accession [to NATO] now is not very wise," the president concluded.