Finland's US ambassador defends push to join NATO: 'Not a threat' to Russia

“Finland joining NATO doesn’t pose a threat to anybody, let alone to Russia,” Finland Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala told “America Reports” Thursday. 

“We have said really clearly that our joining the alliance is a defensive move. We are doing it for the sake of defense of Finland.” 

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Hautala’s comments come on the heels of the Kremlin calling Finland’s push to join NATO a direct threat to Russia.

“Finland’s entry into NATO will become a threat to Russia,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian President Vladimir Putin, told Russian media outlets. “The next expansion of NATO does not make our continent more stable and secure.”

The Kremlin threatened to deploy nuclear warheads on Finland’s border, which shares a more than 800-mile-long border with Russia. However, Finland’s president argued it was Russia that pushed his country to this point. 

Meanwhile, neighboring Sweden is also expected to make a decision on joining NATO within the next few days. 

Finland Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala told Fox News that joining NATO is to ‘defend’ his country and doesn’t pose a ‘threat’ to Russia. 

Finland Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala told Fox News that joining NATO is to ‘defend’ his country and doesn’t pose a ‘threat’ to Russia. 

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