Finland's president initiated call with Putin about applying to NATO
- Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told Russia's Vladimir Putin that Finland would seek NATO membership.
- President Niinistö initiated the call with President Putin, which took place on Saturday.
- Russia has previously warned against Finland joining NATO, threatening "retaliatory steps".
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö initiated a phone call with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian president that Finland will be seeking membership to join NATO.
Russia has previously warned against Finland joining NATO, threatening "retaliatory steps" against the country and claiming Finland's membership in NATO would be a national security threat.
The call between Niinistö and Putin took place on Saturday, according to a press release from Niinistö's office.
"The conversation was direct and straight-forward and it was conducted without aggravations. Avoiding tensions was considered important," Niinistö …
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