The Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, said that the country is ready to strengthen EU sanctions against Russia, introduced for its aggressive war against Ukraine.
As Yle reports, she said this at a press conference on August 23.
The Prime Minister noted that, despite the economic difficulties of Europeans due to the rapid increase in energy prices, Europe should be ready to continue and increase the sanctions pressure on Russia.
According to her, we should completely abandon Russian energy resources, because the current situation has emphasized the vulnerabilities of Europe and its dependence on authoritarian countries.
Sanna Marin also commented on Finland's decision to significantly reduce the issuance of tourist visas to Russians, stressing that this step is an indirect method of influencing the leadership of the Russian Federation. "A significant part of Russians support this war. This is one of the ways for us to tell them about Russia's aggressive war," the prime minister said.
To the question of what Helsinki will consider the end of the war in Ukraine, Sanna Marin answered that only the leaders of Ukraine and the Ukrainians themselves should determine the peace terms acceptable to them, and the countries of the West, including Finland, should provide all possible support and put pressure on Russia. sanctions
She also said that Finland should have listened more to the opinions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the past decades on issues related to Russia and security threats in the region.