Putin warns Finland that joining Nato would harm Russia relations

Russian president tells Finnish counterpart the move would be an error and ‘negatively affect’ ties

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The Russian president has warned his Finnish counterpart that relations between the two neighbours could be “negatively affected” if Finland follows through with plans to apply for Nato membership.

The Kremlin’s press service said in a statement that Vladimir Putin told Sauli Niinistö that Finland’s abandonment “of its traditional policy of military neutrality would be an error since there are no threats to Finland’s security”.

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