President Sauli Niinistö commented on a number of topical foreign and security policy issues at a news conference in his official residence, Mäntyniemi, on 24 February, 2016.The situation in Central and Southern Europe is almost chaotic as several countries have taken matters into their own hands to resolve the migrant crisis, says President Sauli Niinistö.

“The nearly chaotic situation in Central and Southern Europe has resulted in every country developing their own measures. It is very questionable whether [those measures] are consistent with international agreements,” he stated at a press conference on Wednesday.

“It may well be that the Nato solution that has been discussed in framework of the European Union is the solution that will yield the best results. However, also its consistency with international agreements will surely be subject to some debate,” analysed Niinistö.

Greece has asked Nato for assistance in its efforts to combat human trafficking across the Aegean Sea. The intergovernmental military alliance has already deployed naval patrols to monitor the situation in the Mediterranean.

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Niinistö also commented on the debate revolving around the military exercises conducted by the United States in Finland by emphasising that although the exercises are relatively large, they are not a means to re-define the security policy of Finland.

“They are technical exercises,” he stressed according to Helsingin Sanomat.

He declined to comment on the recent assessment of Alexander Stubb (NCP), the Minister of Finance, that Sweden, the United States and Nato are the most important partners for the Finnish Defence Forces.

Niinistö revealed that a set of criteria for military exercises will be introduced to oblige the Defence Forces to disclose the details of any exercises meeting the criteria to the President and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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