Weapons of mass destruction are a security threat that puts every other global political challenge into perspective, says Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.
“Weapons of mass destruction are a threat to safety and well-being all around the world. North Korea’s irresponsible policies serve as a good reminder of how great the risks associated with nuclear weapons are,” he stated in a speech to the Atlantic Council of Finland on Tuesday.
“No stakeholder must lose their patience. The international community must resort to all diplomatic means at its disposal to make progress on the situation.”
Orpo estimated that terrorism is nevertheless the foremost threat to global security today. The sustainability of the global security system, meanwhile, is under threat from the re-emergence of power politics in Russia, and the unity of western societies from populist extremism and hybrid influence.
Finland, as a non-aligned country, welcomes closer defence co-operation in the European Union, according to Orpo. The EU, he stressed, is not about to become a defence alliance despite 23 of its member states recently signing a joint notification on deepening defence co-operation within the framework of permanent structured co-operation (Pesco).
“It is of utmost importance, however, to consolidate the mutual assistance clause in the Treaty of Lisbon. What use are sound structures, if EU countries are unwilling to assist one another when push comes to shove?” he explained.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi