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Coronavirus delays defence review

The four-yearly report was due to be published this month.

Puolustusministeri Antti Kaikkonen.
Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen said the defence review would be delayed. Image: Jorge Gonzalez / Yle

A scheduled review of the Finnish Defence Forces has been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (Cen) told local news publisher Uutissuomalainen that the delay was down to government and Parliament focusing their attention on the pandemic.

The review, a four-yearly report most recently issued as a standalone document in 2017, was due to be completed this month.

Kaikkonen told Uutissuomalainen it would now be presented to Parliament in May or June.

He said there was no other reason for the delay.

Focus on cybersecurity

The report is likely to focus on cybersecurity, Kaikkonen said.

"Its importance is really growing. Our intention is to propose measures to strengthen cyber defence. The legislation on civilian and military intelligence has recently been reformed, but I can say quite frankly that we do still have room for improvement," he told Uutissuomalainen.

Last month the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service (Supo) said a Chinese government-linked espionage operation was behind cyber attack on Parliament in Autumn last year.

It is thought that a number of parliamentary email accounts, some of which belonged to MPs, were compromised in the data breach.

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