Finland should stay militarily non-aligned: prime minister, Reuters

Finland should remain militarily neutral because it helps ensure security in the Baltic Sea region, Prime Minister Juha Sipila said in an interview ahead of celebrations of the country’s 100 years of independence…

The center-right government retains the option of seeking NATO membership but remaining non-aligned and increasing defense cooperation with Sweden and the EU was Finland’s way, Sipila said.

“At the moment, to have Finland and Sweden forming this militarily non-aligned zone, I think that increases the security and stability in the Baltic Sea region … I see no reason to change this,” Sipila told Reuters by phone.

However, the government has opted to stay out of NATO in line with its tradition of avoiding confrontation with Russia. Läs artikel