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Finland to participate in NATO crisis management exercises

Finland is to participate in a series of crisis management exercises with NATO and its partners, starting Wednesday. The non-military training drills will last from March 4 to 10.

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Sweden and Finland are members of NATO's Partnership for Peace programme. Image: Yle Uutisgrafiikka

The week-long war games will be based on a fictitious scenario during which conflict breaks out between two distant states, resulting in humanitarian and maritime security implications. Along with Finland, other members of NATO Partnership for Peace, including Sweden and Ukraine, will also take part in the drills.

According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, Finland will participate in crisis management arrangements as well as national operations planning and decision-making.

NATO's crisis management exercise CMX 2015 will involve Finnish foreign ministry and NATO mission representatives from Brussels, the defence ministry, military high command, the office of the prime minister as well as other officials as required.

The exercises will not see the deployment of troops and does not involve a physical theatre of war.

CMX is NATO’s regular decision-making and consultation exercise; partners will be participating for the sixth time this year. Finland has also taken part in the five previous training drills in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011 2012.

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