Rethinking Russia, Zelensky to Address Finnish Parliament, Floating Gas Terminal
Many morning papers report remarks from the Kremlin on Russia’s reaction if Finland becomes a member of NATO.
Ilta-Sanomat is among the newspapers that publish a report (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in a Thursday interview on the war in Ukraine with the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov by British journalist Sky News Mark Austin in which he said that Russia will have to strengthen security measures in its western territories.
Peskov replied that Russia should “rebalance the situation”.
“We have to rebalance the situation and we have to take additional measures to ensure our own security because we are deeply convinced that NATO is a machine of confrontation, it is not a peaceful alliance,” Peskov said.
He added that if Finland and Sweden joined NATO, Russia would have to “make our western flank more sophisticated to ensure our security”.
Peskov was asked to be more specific about what was meant by
“rebalancing”, in light of Russia’s previous warnings about the serious military and political consequences of Finland and Sweden’s possible NATO membership.
“It’s all about mutual deterrence and if one side – and we consider NATO to be a side – is more powerful than the other, especially in terms of nuclear weapons, then it will be considered a threat to the whole security architecture and it leads us to take additional measures,” he said.
His speech is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. local time and last approximately 15 minutes.
President of Finland Sauli Niinisto and German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is on a working visit to Helsinki, will be present at the event, as will ambassadors from EU countries. in Finland
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Zelensky has sent several video messages to Western lawmakers asking for more assistance to the war-torn country.
Zelensky’s speech, which will be translated into English, will be broadcast live on Yle TV1 and broadcast on Yle Areena from 12:45 p.m. Friday.
Floating LNG terminal
The newspaper quotes the Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintila (Cen) as saying that following the war in Ukraine, Finland must prepare for the interruption of gas imports.
“A floating LNG terminal is an effective way to secure gas supply for our industry, among others,” Lintilä said in a statement. He also thanked the Estonian government for what he described as their “several cooperation”.
Kauppalehti writes that the Finnish Ministry of Employment and Economy and the Ministry of Finance will now move forward with the Estonian Ministry of Energy on the floating LNG terminal project.
The project should be implemented as soon as possible to ensure security of gas supply.
The most attractive city in Finland
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That’s according to a nationwide survey by reputation and trust analytics firm T-Media, which looked at prospective residents’ views on the attractiveness of the country’s ten largest cities. Tampere maintained its number one position in the poll, both in terms of appeal and reputation.
Kuopio took second place, followed by Jyväskylä. In the previous 2020 survey, Helsinki was at the bottom of the list. He is now second to last, with Vantaa in 10th place.
Pollsters asked potential residents to rate the attractiveness of cities by scoring them in six different categories: vitality, community, environment, location, services and cost structure.
According to the survey, the most important aspects of urban attractiveness are the sense of community and safety-related factors in residential areas, where Tampere scored high marks. It also received the highest ratings for economic vitality and for city services.
The low ranking of the Helsinki metropolitan area, particularly the capital itself, was largely the result of a high cost of living.