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Finland's President urges Europe to invest in arms production

Finland's President urges Europe to invest in arms production President of Finland Sauli Niinistö (Vitalii Nosach/RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Europe needs to invest in increasing arms production to demonstrate its strength and resilience, says President Sauli Niinistö of Finland in his New Year's address.

"Europe must wake up. We do not need investments in military production solely to provide necessary assistance. It is needed as a means to convince that Europe is strong. Strong not to wage wars but to secure peace," said Niinistö.

He is confident that "a more European NATO in Europe" is expected in the near future. Additionally, Europe is anticipated to take on more responsibility in security matters against the backdrop of the U.S. elections and the potential change in the presidency.

"Taking clear and rapid steps to take on this responsibility is also the best response to all speculations on how the U.S. elections will affect the security cooperation," he noted.

Finland closed its borders with Russia

On November 30, the Finnish government decided to close all border checkpoints with Russia. This occurred due to a significant number of illegal migrants attempting to enter Finland from Russian territory.

As previously stated by Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo, the government closely monitored the situation at the border and might extend its closure.

On December 13, the Finnish government decided to reopen two border checkpoints with Russia. However, due to an influx of migrants, they were closed again the next day.