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Monday's papers: Finland's road to Nato

Media outlets explore Parliament ratifying Finland's Nato application.

Parliament is discussing Finland's Nato application on Monday, 16 May. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Legislators are set to begin debating Finland's Nato membership on Monday, following the leadership's announcement on Sunday to seek inclusion in the alliance.

"It's clear which way Finland's Nato membership will go," Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) writes.

More than two-thirds of parliamentarians support membership, according to the paper. This means that there is a supermajority should Parliament's Constitutional Law Committee indicate that such a majority would be necessary when the application returns to the legislature for ratification.

Turkish dilemma

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that allowing Finland and Sweden to join Nato would be "impossible" for Turkey to approve due to the Nordic countries' alleged support for Kurdish separatists.

Turkey's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, however, now says Sweden poses a bigger problem than Finland, reports Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun), citing Turkish broadcaster TRT.

"The Finnish Foreign Minister is very respectful towards our position, but we don't see the same from the Swedish side," Cavusoglu said.

Haavisto said on Sunday that Finland's stance on the Kurdish militant group PKK was in line with that of the EU, which has classified it as a terrorist group.

All 30 Nato member states must approve any new members.

Gas pain

Taloussanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) looks at the financial implications of Russia cutting off its gas exports to Finland.

The Ilta-Sanomat offshoot said many Finnish companies are scrambling to find alternative solutions in the face of Russia cutting off gas.

Heli Tammivuori of the Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation said gas plays a crucial role in many areas of Finnish food production. She noted that bakeries warm their ovens on gas and coffee roasteries use gas to roast beans. Gas is also crucial to the meat processing and dairy industries, according to Tammivuori.

Just over five percent of the energy used in Finland is natural gas, but its loss would still have a severe impact on the economy and employment because it plays a crucial role in industrial production.

Finland's Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä (Cen), has said that if Russia turns off gas deliveries at the end of May, it would have a stronger impact on Finland's industrial sector than an end to Russian oil imports.