r/worldnews – Japan, Finland confirm unity in dealing with Russia
On the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kishida told a joint press conference that the world is at “a critical moment to end the atrocious aggression.”
“Finland is a strong advocate of further sanctions against Russia,” Marin told the press conference.
Regarding her country’s possible application for NATO membership, Marin said, “If Finland takes this historical step, it is for the security of our own citizens.”
“Joining NATO would strengthen the whole international community that stands for our common values,” she added.
Sharing a 1,300-kilometer border with Russia, Finland has long maintained military neutrality. In response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, however, Finland is expected to decide shortly whether to seek NATO membership.