Finnish President Sauli Niinistö says the events unfolding in Turkey introduce a mark of instability in close proximity to the European Union.
At least 60 people were killed in violence that erupted on Friday in Turkey after a faction of the armed forces attempted to seize power.
“It’s hard to understand that we are talking about a military coup within Europe’s borders,” Niinistö said on Saturday.
“The situation is still unresolved to some extent in Ankara, at least. In any case, they may say they are fighting for democracy, but they are using very undemocratic means to do so,” the president said.
He nevertheless said he believes that the attempted coup in Turkey will not have a direct impact on EU security.
“It is clear that the more unstable the EU’s immediate surroundings are, the worse things are going to be. This brings a signal of instability close to the union.”
PM comments from Mongolia
The country’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä commented on the situation from Mongolia, where he is attending an ASEM summit of leaders from Asia and Europe.
He said he supports Turkey’s political leadership in the struggle, adding his name to the long list of EU country leaders who have done the same. Many of the heads of state in question are in attendance in Mongolia.
“Yes, it was really quite unexpected,” he said about the coup attempt.
He said there will be time later to evaluate the effects of Friday’s events.
“We don’t know for sure who is behind this yet. I spoke with the ambassador a few moments ago, and the situation appears to have calmed,” the prime minister said.
Sipilä made a plea to Finns in Turkey to inform the authorities about their whereabouts and/or travel plans, and to comply with the foreign ministry’s instructions.
“At present, the provisions say to stay indoors and avoid moving around on the streets,” he said.