“This situation is extraordinary and has occurred for the first time in our more than 20-year trading history,” the company continued. It hopes that the situation will improve “soon” and trade can resume.
The Finnish head of state said on Thursday that Finland should “immediately” apply for NATO membership in view of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. After decades of military alliance neutrality, this is a fundamental change of direction in defense policy for Helsinki.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would “definitely” see Finland’s membership in the western military alliance as a threat. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow felt compelled to respond “militarily, technically and in other ways.”