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Finland's President on refineries strikes: Russia only understands this language

Finland's President on refineries strikes: Russia only understands this language President of Finland Alexander Stubb (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

President of Finland Alexander Stubb considers strikes on Russian refineries to be very acceptable, as Russia "understands only this language," as he says at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, RBC-Ukraine correspondent reports.

"The only language is the language of power. It is available in Russia. Whoever is responsible for these attacks in Russia, the question remains the same: is it a question of the oil price or do we have difficulties with it? War entails collateral damage, and whoever attacks (Russian refineries, - ed.) knows what they are doing, they do it skillfully, without endangering civilians, and this needs to be kept in mind," he said.

The President of Finland adds that war is undoubtedly brutal, it is heavy.

"But Russia only understands this way, only this language," Stubb noted.

Attacks on refineries in Russia

In recent weeks, Ukrainian defense forces have successfully attacked oil refineries in Russia. The consequences of such shelling have been critical enough for the Russian Ministry of Energy to acknowledge the shutdown of fuel production at several refineries and to announce the search for a solution to the problem.

Although the United States has called on Kyiv to stop attacks on Russian energy infrastructure, warning that drone strikes could lead to an increase in global oil prices, Ukraine considers refineries in Russia as legitimate targets.

The Insider has counted 15 drone attacks on 13 oil refineries in nine regions of Russia in 2024. Significant damage was inflicted on eight facilities.