Finland foresees an expansion of the invasion of Ukraine to other countries and called for taking the nuclear risk seriously

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/Dpa (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/Dpa/)

The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistohas warned this Thursday of the possibility of the war in Ukraine spreading to other countries in the area and has called on the international community to “take seriously” the use of nuclear weapons.

“It is easy to say that the fears are unfounded, but policy makers must be prepared for the risk of escalation,” Niinisto said during a meeting with members of the Association of Journalists.

Thus, he has urged “take seriously the risk of using atomic weapons”, a danger that, as he has qualified, is “absolutely enormous”. “If nuclear weapons are used, it will be the end of the world”has said.

In addition, he has regretted that the solution to the conflict for now “is not in sight” since Russia “is defending itself strongly.” “It will be difficult to force the Russians to leave Ukraine,” she said, according to reports in the newspaper ‘Ilta-Sanomat’.

On the possibility of Ukraine attacking Russian troops with weapons provided by Finland, the president has qualified that said weapons “were transferred for defense.” “As far as I know, they are used for these purposes,” he clarified.

In relation to the fall of Russian drones on Romanian territory, he has asserted that this shows that there is a “balance of terror” in Europe as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. “We all remember that a missile fell in Poland, but we are very sensible. Even these little things can change everything, unfortunately, for the worse.”

Ukraine, during a blackout, after a rocket attack by Russian troops (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)
Ukraine, during a blackout, after a rocket attack by Russian troops (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko) (Andrew Kravchenko/)

Last month, the Finnish Foreign Minister said that Russia has not yet followed through on its threat to move troops to its Finnish border after the Nordic country joined NATO.

“Russia announced military reforms and the creation of new units in northwest Russia in December, evoking the expansion of NATO’s presence. These efforts do not appear to have progressed too quickly,” said the minister. elina valtonen in an email answering questions from AFP.

“Russia’s resources seem to be occupied elsewhere at the moment,” he ironized, referring to Ukraine. “The situation on the eastern border is calm”he added.

Moscow in April described Finland’s accession to the Atlantic Alliance as a threat to its security.

Finland shares a 1,340 km border with Russia. Its entry into NATO has doubled the Russian border with that US-led military alliance.

The Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine greatly changed the security landscape in Europe and led Finland to abandon decades of military non-alignment to join NATO.

The Nordic country, which has 5.5 million inhabitants, is also is building a 200-kilometre wall on its border with Russia that it plans to complete in 2026.

Russia reiterated its threat on August 9, when it accused Finland and Poland of endangering its security and promised “a prompt and appropriate response” to “neutralize” threats on its western border.

Warsaw has signed major arms contracts with Seoul and Washington in recent months and Moscow accuses it of wanting to recapture territories in western Ukraine.

(With information from Europa Press and AFP)