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Hägglund: NATO Membership Not Vital for Security

The former Finnish Chief of Defence, General Gustav Hägglund, does not consider NATO membership vital for Finland's security.

Speaking on YLE´s news discussion programme Maailmannäyttämöllä, he said that EU membership was the most vital decision in bolstering Finland's security.

According to Hägglund, the significance of joining NATO has diminished with each passing year.

He added that nowadays NATO focuses predominantly on crisis management in distant countries. Therefore, according to Hägglund, NATO membership could weaken Finnish interest in national defence.


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