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Foreign Minister: Russia Wouldn't Oppose Finland Joining NATO

Finland's Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva does not believe that Russia would object to Finland joining NATO. A report released by the political think-tank Finnish Institute for International Affairs (FIIA) on Tuesday speculates that Russia would be temporarily annoyed if Finland were to join the military alliance. Kanerva said he is wary of the report's interpretation on the matter. "I was surprised by the results of the NATO report. In my dealings with Russia, I have not once been told that membership would not be possible," Kanerva said. According to Kanerva, attitudes during talks have been quite the opposite. "Russia has said on different occasions that this matter is completely up to Finland," he added. YLE

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