The president of Finland was surprised by Putin’s “calm” response to news about NATO membership

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Finish President Sauli Niinisto claimed that the Russian president that of Vladimir Putin he replied “calmly” when told that Finland would apply for NATO membership.

“Overall the discussion was very good,” Niinisto said on “State of the Union” on Sunday. “I say calm and calm, and he didn’t repeat those threats he had before, and his people said it’s that if Finland unites – that means a kind of contra step, contra step military, whatever that meant – but it does. did not repeat it now “.

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Finished officials announced on Sunday that the previously neutral country would indeed apply to join NATO despite numerous threats from Russia.

“This is a historic day. A new era begins,” Niinisto said at a joint press conference Sunday before the talk show’s appearance. Putin just a day earlier had warned Finland that relations could be “adversely affected” if Niinisto proceeded with applying for NATO membership.

But Niinisto said his telephone conversation with Putin on Finland’s question was a “surprise” as Putin took the news “calmly”.

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“I just wanted to confirm that now the situation has changed,” Niinisto said of the call. “We will apply for membership and likewise confirmed that he thinks it is a mistake. We are not threatening you.”

“So far it seems like there are no immediate problems coming up,” he added.

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Niinisto got a more daunting surprise when he found that Turkey does not seem “positively” to support Finland and Sweden’s demands for NATO, which would require all 30 native members to approve membership.

“I was amazed because I had a telephone conversation with President Erdogan about two months ago,” Niinisto said. “He said they will value, well, positively our goal of applying for membership, and now we’ve changed.”

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Niinisto rejected the concerns, however, and said he was “not worried” that Turkey could block Finland’s accession.

Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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