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Lavrov: Finland will not move closer to NATO

The Alliance’s border with Russia will double at once

MOSCOW, June 14 (ITAR-TASS). Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Finland feels secure and is not going to move closer to NATO.

“President Sauli Niinisto proposed to imagine that Finland would suddenly become a NATO member. The Alliance’s border with Russia will double at once,” Lavrov told TV Tsentr’s Postscriptum on Saturday.

He quoted the Finnish president as saying if Sweden followed this way, the Baltic Sea would become NATO’s internal sea.

“’Does Northern Europe need this? How Russia will react?’ - President Niinisto asked these questions with the subtext. He knows that the answer is negative: nobody needs this,” Lavrov said.

“Niinisto also said certain Finnish politicians claimed that one could not feel secure when Russia was too aggressive,” he said.

“These are worthless arguments. Serious people know about it,” Lavrov said.

“President Niinisto realises that what happened in Ukraine is impossible in Finland,” he said.

“It is impossible to commit an anti-constitutional coup d’etat in Finland and oust a legitimate president because he took a break for signing any document,” Lavrov said.

On June 9, Lavrov visited Finland for talks with the country’s president and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja.