Norway and Finland encourage Russia to resolve crisis through dialogue

Anniken HuitfeldtPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) and her Finnish colleague Pekka Haavisto emphasized that the tense situation related to Russia must be resolved through dialogue.

On Wednesday, Huitfeldt visited Helsinki. The tense situation on the border between Russia and Ukraine was an important topic of her conversation with Haavisto.

“We discussed how this crisis could be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy,” Haavisto said at a press conference after the meeting.

Huitfeldt described the discussion as open and honest and also emphasized the importance of continuing the talks with Russia.

Norwegian position

“Norway supports a European security order based on international law. We can not allow these principles to be replaced by spheres of interest,” Huitfeldt continued.

Russia’s demands for guarantees, including that Ukraine will never join NATO, will have far-reaching consequences, she warned.

“What Russia has proposed would affect security for the Nordic countries and the entire European continent. We still hope that Russia will respond positively to NATO’s invitation to new meetings, this is the only viable way forward,” Huitfeldt said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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