Thursday, November 12, 2009

Finnish defence minister alludes to Nato membership

Jyri Häkämies (cons), the Finnish defence minister, said Monday that Finland's dependence on international defence cooperation would grow in the 2010s.

Speaking at the opening of a national defence course, Mr Häkämies added that mere cooperation would not be sufficient.

"We must bear in mind that not one of these cooperation arrangements guarantees us direct support in a military crisis and yet we are dependent on said support," he said.

The minister urged his audience to draw lessons from the 1939-40 winter war and added that Finland should seek for "new solutions" in order to guarantee the country's security.

"To look for these new solutions when a crisis is already at the gate does not work. This was a key lesson from the time leading to the winter war and from the war itself."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why NATO is not an option for Finland: KGSE Web.pdf