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Finland to observe Nato foreign ministers' meeting for first time

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) will travel to Romania next week.

Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto of the Green League. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva
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Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) will attend a meeting of Nato Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, Romania, from 29 to 30 November.

In a press release, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs noted that the meeting marks the first time Finland will participate in a Nato meeting of foreign ministers as an observer member.

Observer status means Finland will participate in the meeting, but not in any decision-making.

"Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine has profoundly changed the security situation in the Euro-Atlantic and Baltic Sea regions. In this meeting of Nato Ministers of Foreign Affairs, we will represent our unity when confronted with threats and address our support to Ukraine," Haavisto said in the press release. 

Next week's meeting will consist of three working sessions which will discuss Russia's war in Ukraine as well as other issues such as China and the ongoing energy crisis. 

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will chair the sessions.

Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, will also attend a working dinner as part of the two-day event to discuss Ukraine’s need for further assistance. 

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