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Friday's papers: Russian rethinking, Zelensky to address Finnish Parliament, floating gas terminal

Many morning papers report remarks from the Kremlin about how Russia may react if Finland takes up Nato membership.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be making a video address to the Finnish parliament on Friday. Image: Ukrainan presidentin kanslia

Ilta-Sanomat is among the papers that carries a report (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on a Thursday interview about the Ukraine war with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov by Britain's Sky News reporter Mark Austin in which he said that Russia will have to upgrade security measures in its western territories.

During the interview, Austin pointed out that as a result of Russia's attack on Ukraine, Nato has been further strengthened, and Finland and Sweden are considering joining the western alliance. He then asked asked Peskov what Russia would do if Finland and Sweden took up Nato membership .

Peskov replied that Russia would have to "rebalance the situation".

"We have to rebalance the situation and we have to take additional measures to ensure our own security because we're deeply convinced that Nato is a machine for confrontation, it's not a peaceful alliance," said Peskov.

He added that if Finland and Sweden joined Nato, Russia would have to "make our Western flank more sophisticated in terms of ensuring our security".

Peskov was asked to be more precise about what be meant by

"rebalancing", in light of Russia's previous warnings about the serious military and political consequences of Finland's and Sweden's possible accession to Nato.

"Everything is about mutual deterring and should one side - and we consider Nato to be one side - be more powerful than the other, especially in terms of nuclear arms, then it will be considered a threat for the whole architecture of security and it will take us to take additional measures," he said.

Zelensky's address

Jyäskylä's Keskisuomalainen (siirryt toiseen palveluun)reminds its readers that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be making a video address to the Finnish parliament on Friday.

His address is scheduled to take place at 1pm local time and last for approximately 15 minutes.

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö and German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is on a working visit to Helsinki, will be in attendance at the event, as will the ambassadors of EU countries. to Finland

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Zelensky has made several video addresses to western lawmakers making appeals for increased assistance to the war-torn country.

Zelensky's address, which will be translated into English, will be broadcast live on Yle TV1 and streamed on Yle Areena beginning at 12:45 pm on Friday.

Floating LNG terminal

The business and economic daily Kauppalehti reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on the decision made Thursday by the Finnish government's economic policy ministerial committee to back a plan to join Estonia in leasing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal ship to break dependence on Russian pipeline gas.

The paper quotes Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (Cen) as saying that as a result of the war in Ukraine, Finland must be prepared for the disruption of gas imports.

"A floating LNG terminal is an effective way to secure gas supply for our industry, among other things," Lintilä stated in a release. He also thanked the Estonian government for what he described as its "seamless cooperation".

Kauppalehti writes that Finland's Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the Ministry of Finance will now move ahead with the Estonian Ministry of Energy on the LNG floating terminal plan.

The project is to be implemented as soon as possible to ensure security of gas supplies.

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Finland's most appealing city

For the second time, Tampere has been ranked as the Finland's most appealing city to potential new residents, reports Friday's Aamulehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

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A summer view of central Tampere. Image: Antti Eintola / Yle

This is according to a nationwide survey carried out by the reputation and trust analytics company T-Media, which examined the views of potential residents on the attractiveness of the country's ten largest cities. Tampere maintained its position as number one in the poll, both in terms of appeal and reputation.

Kuopio took second place, followed by Jyväskylä. In the previous 2020 survey, Helsinki was at the bottom of the list. It is now second to last, with Vantaa in the 10th spot.

Pollsters asked potential residents to assess the attractiveness of cities by scoring them in six different categories: vitality, community, environment, location, services and cost structure.

According to the survey, the most important aspects of urban attractiveness are a sense of community and security-related factors in residential areas, where Tampere got high marks. It also got the best ratings for economic vitality and for city services.

The low ranking for Helsinki metropolitan area, especially the capital itself, was largely the result of high living costs.