The Kremlin’s warning came as Moscow cut power to Finland after Helsinki planned to join NATO.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart that joining NATO would be “a mistake” after Moscow earlier cut power to the Nordic nation – seen as retaliation for the move in Helsinki.
“Putin stressed that ending the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake because Finland’s security is not at risk,” the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.
“This change in the country’s political orientation could have a negative impact on the Russian-Finnish relations that have developed over the years in a spirit of good-neighborliness and partnership,” it said.
The call “originated by Finland…” was direct and direct, and did not provoke. It is considered important to avoid tensions,” Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said in a statement from his office.
Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24 In the political and public opinion in Finland and neighboring Sweden, support for joining NATO to deter Russian aggression.
Niinisto, who has communicated regularly with Putin in recent years, said the Nordic countries and euro zone members “want to deal in a correct and professional way with the real problems that arise from being Russia’s neighbors”.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Havestow stressed that “it is very important for us to communicate with our neighbours” even though “our political steps do not require any permission”.
Moscow has said it “definitely” sees Finland’s membership as a threat, warning that it will be “compelled to take military-technical and other reciprocal measures to counter the resulting threat”.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Saturday that her country was “ready for a different type of action” for Moscow. “But there is no information that Russia will take military action against Finland,” she said.
Russia suspends power supply to Finland
On Saturday, the Finnish grid operator said Russia had suspended electricity supply to Finland after its energy company RAO Nordic threatened to cut supply due to arrears in payments.
“It’s zero at the moment, and it’s on schedule from midnight,” Timo Kaukonen, Fingrid’s operations planning manager, said on Saturday.
Still, Finland, which imports only about 10 percent of its electricity from Russia, said the shortfall would be made up by imports from Sweden.
RAO Nordic said electricity bills had not been paid since May 6, but did not say whether this was related to European sanctions on Russia.
back Finland joins NATO It was officially announced on Sunday and will be discussed by Parliament on Monday.