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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (PS) arrived at the Parliament House on 5 October, 2016.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (PS) arrived at the Parliament House on 5 October, 2016.

Finland has joined the growing list of countries that have condemned the bombings of civilians and civilian infrastructure in Syria.

“Finland strongly condemns the intentional targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as hospitals. The situation in Aleppo, in particular, is unbearable and the city is now facing a humanitarian disaster,” the foreign policy leadership stated in a press release, after discussing various aspects of the crisis, such as the role of Russia in it, on Tuesday.

Both Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (PS) have since been accused of being reluctant to condemn the role of Russia in the bombings in Syria.

Soini, for example, estimated that Russia has had a key role in the bombings but stopped short of drawing comparison between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Syria is the one that is taking action against its own citizens,” he replied to an enquiry from Lännen Media on Tuesday. “Then there are loads of international stakeholders. I won't start putting them in order, but the one murdering his own people is al-Assad.”

Sipilä, meanwhile, stated that the bombings must come to a halt and revealed that Russia, as well as its role in the bombings, will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Council of Europe, reported YLE.

Emma Kari (Greens) voiced her puzzlement with the reluctance of senior foreign policy-makers to acknowledge the role of Russia in the “brutal and continuing bombings of civilians” by the Government of Syria.

“Everyone agrees that Syrian President al-Assad is a war criminal. Finns are yet again on pins and needles in the face of Russia,” she slams.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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