Finland joins NATO as ‘threat’ to Russia


From Neutral to NATO: Finland Announces Proposal to Join Alliance

Finland’s joining NATO would be “obviously” a threat to Russia, the Kremlin said.

This is because the Finnish president and prime minister have said they are in favor of the NATO membership application.

“As a NATO member, Finland will strengthen the entire defense alliance,” President Sauli Ninisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement. “Finland should apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national action still necessary to make this decision will be taken quickly in the next few days.”

At a press conference this morning, Ninisto said the Russian president was responsible for the move. Look in the mirror.”

Meanwhile, Finland’s lawmaker Elina Valtonen said she was prepared to defend the country if Russia responds aggressively to Finland’s application for NATO accession.

As Sweden’s foreign minister said, “Finland is Sweden’s closest security and defense partner and we should consider Finland’s assessment”, Sweden is expected to announce its membership application in the next few days.

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Why do Finland and Sweden want to join NATO?

Finland and Sweden are expected to join NATO soon after a decision sparked by security concerns after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The two countries previously did not want to join the alliance.

The Kremlin has warned Finland and Sweden not to join NATO, arguing that the move will not bring stability to Europe.

Amid fears of Russian reprisal, NATO has expressed confidence that the security issue can be resolved temporarily, and the UK has said it will provide military protection if the country is attacked.

Thomas Kingsley Here are more details:

Rory SullivanMay 12, 2022 12:45

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UN Considers Investigation of Possible Russian War Crimes in Ukraine

The UN Human Rights Council is due to decide on Thursday whether to launch an investigation into allegations of abuse by Russian forces in the Kyiv region, which Ukraine claims is a war crime.

A resolution submitted by Ukraine and backed by more than 50 other countries mandated a newly formed investigative committee to investigate incidents in the area around Kyiv temporarily held by the Russian military.

The report is expected to be ready by early next year.

Ukraine’s first vice foreign minister, Emine Dzhaparova, said: “At the end of February and March, the Russian-occupied territories experienced the most horrific human rights violations in continental Europe in decades.”

A spokesperson for the Russian mission to the UN in Geneva did not immediately comment on the possibility of an investigation into war crimes.

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 12:30

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UN blames Russia for most civilian casualties

The director of the United Nations’ Human Rights Office said he found in his office that the majority of civilian deaths during the war in Ukraine were attributed to the Russian military and armed groups.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the “majority” of civilian casualties resulted from the use of explosive weapons, including heavy artillery, multiple rocket systems, missiles and air strikes.

“Based on our information, such incidents can be attributed to both parties to the conflict, but most of these casualties appear to have been attributed to the Russian military and affiliated armed groups,” Bachelet said at a special meeting of the Human Rights Council on Thursday.

Ukraine and its supporters have pushed for a special meeting of the 47-member body.

The Geneva-based board was due to vote on a resolution calling for an “immediate cessation of military hostilities against Ukraine.”

Last month, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, the UN’s highest human rights body, for charges of war crimes by the Russian military.

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 12:20

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Russia and Finland to respond to NATO accession

Russia has said it must respond to Finland’s decision to join NATO.

“Finland’s accession to NATO is a radical change in the country’s foreign policy,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“Russia will have to take retaliatory measures of a military, technical and other nature to prevent a threat to national security from arising.”

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 12:10

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Watch: From Neutral to NATO: Finland Announces Proposal to Join Alliance

From Neutral to NATO: Finland Announces Proposal to Join Alliance

Mariam Zakir-Hussein12 May 2022 12:00

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Finland has ‘decided’ to keep its own security decisions.

The Finnish ambassador said today that about three-quarters of Finland support NATO membership applications.

speaking Times Radio Jukka Siukosaari said:

He added that the plan to join the 30 countries is not an attack on Russia, but for their own security.

Hear the full interview here.

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 11:50

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The Kremlin said Finland’s accession to NATO was a clear threat to Russia.

The Kremlin said Finland’s move to join NATO was “obviously” a threat to Russia and that the expansion of the military bloc would not make Europe or the world more stable.

Kremlin spokeswoman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that “Finland’s move to join NATO is a cause of regret and a reason for forcing a symmetrical response.”

Finland’s president and prime minister said early Thursday that Finland should apply “without delay” to join the NATO military alliance.

When asked if this poses a threat to Russia, Peskov said: NATO expansion does not make our continent more stable and secure.”

He said Finland had joined “unfriendly measures” against Russia.

When asked what form Russia’s response would take, he replied: “It all depends on how this (NATO) expansion of NATO progresses, and the degree to which the military infrastructure gets closer to our borders.”

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 11:40

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Russian troops ‘lost battalion’ while trying to cross Ukrainian bridge

According to the report, Russian forces suffered heavy losses, including about 30 tanks destroyed after Ukrainian forces blew up a bridge over the Sibersky Donets River in the Luhansk region.

Used primarily for military purposes, but not always, according to satellite imagery collected by geospatial company BlackSky, the Pontoon Bridge was destroyed on 10 May after Ukrainian artillery attacked the bridge and surrounding areas.

The image shows smoke billowing from a semi-submerged bridge with a destroyed armored personnel carrier on the banks of the Sibersky Donets River running west to east between Russian rebel-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. Sheta Sharma Write.

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 11:30

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Ukrainian fighter trapped in Mariupol Works asks Elon Musk for help

One of hundreds of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the besieged Azovstal ironworks in Mariupol turned to Elon Musk to help evacuate the remaining survivors.

“The people of Elon Musk say you came from another planet to teach people to believe the impossible. Marine commander Serhiy Volina wrote on Twitter in a petition to the Tesla billionaire:

my colleague Thomas Kingsley report:

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 11:20

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Kosovo hopes to join the Council of Europe after leaving Russia

The Kosovo government said it would apply to join the Council of Europe, a European human rights monitoring body that Russia resigned in mid-March.

The body was left hours before the European Council voted on its ouster on March 15, three weeks after Russia launched its attack on Ukraine.

A two-thirds vote of members is required to be approved by the organization, and there was a risk that the transfer application would fail as Russia does not recognize Kosovo as an independent country.

Kosovo said it now has enough support from the 46-member organization and said the government has ordered the Foreign Ministry to begin the membership process.

With support from the West, Kosovo declared independence in 2008, almost a decade after the 1999 Albanian-Serb war ended.

Although recognized by more than 110 countries, Kosovo is still not a member of the United Nations and faces opposition from former owner Serbia and veto Russia.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said Serbia will respond strongly if Kosovo applies for membership in the Council of Europe and calls an emergency meeting of the National Security Council (NSC).

The Council of Europe created the European Convention on Human Rights and helped democratize the political systems of Eastern European countries after the fall of communism.

We uphold freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, equality and protection of minorities.

Mariam Zakir-HusseinMay 12, 2022 11:10

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