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PM: Reuters misrepresented Nato comments

Sanna Marin says the news agency incorrectly quoted her as saying Finland would not welcome Nato bases on its territory.

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin met her Italian counterpart Mario Draghi in Rome on Wednesday. Image: Tiziana Fabi / AFP

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) tweeted (siirryt toiseen palveluun) on Thursday that comments she made concerning Finland's potential Nato membership had been misreported by the news agency Reuters.

In an article published on Thursday morning, which has since been updated, Reuters carried comments the PM had made during an interview with Italian paper Il Corriera Della Serra.

During that interview, Reuters quoted Marin as saying that Finland did not want Nato to set up military bases, or deploy nuclear weapons on its territory, even if Finland were to become a member of the alliance.

Marin tweeted that she had made no such statements, further noting that Reuters had "yet again" misreported her comments.

The PM added that she had told the Italian news outlet that Finland was focusing solely on its Nato membership negotiations, with other issues related to its potential membership in the alliance not currently on the agenda.

"Such decisions would be national decisions," the PM tweeted, adding that she doubts anyone has interest in placing nuclear weapons, or Nato bases in Finland.

"I have not closed the door to any possible future decisions regarding Finland's Nato membership," the PM added.

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