Friday Newspapers: Reaction to NATO stand, Eurovision, stormy weather | News

Most of the country’s morning papers cover international reactions to Finland’s expected bid for NATO membership.

Friday’s press picks up a government report saying Finland must be able to provide food to its citizens under all circumstances. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

Overnight, Ilta-Sanomat cited a Reuters report that the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the US administration supports Finland and Sweden’s request to join the NATO alliance.

“We will support Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO applications if they are submitted. We will respect whatever decisions they make,” Psaki said.

Ilta-Sanomat also reports that the Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chijov, told the British newspaper Sky News on Thursday evening that Finland’s aspiration to join NATO would result in an increase in Russian “military-technical” activities. In the interview, Chizhov said this would mean increased defense readiness on the Finnish-Russian border. However, this would not necessarily mean sending troops and tanks to the border, for example.

The newspaper also reports that in an interview with the British publication UnHerd, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said Finland and Sweden joining NATO would make them enemies and “targets or potential targets of attack”. He added that he was amazed that neutral countries were now becoming what he called “part of the enemy” and taking the “defensive and economic” risks associated with it.

Reviewing coverage of Russian state broadcaster 1TV’s online service, the newspaper reports that it is telling its audience that NATO is trying to threaten Russia via Finland.

According to the channel’s news site, NATO member states have aggressively influenced Finland’s position by claiming that Finland has no alternative.

“Russia is obliged to take both military-technical and other countermeasures in order to put an end to threats to its national security in this regard,” Russian 1TV said.

Security of supply

The reporting process was initiated after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Various parliamentary committees have examined changes in the operational and security environment and the effects of the evolution of the security situation on the economy, crisis resilience, security of supply, internal security, cybersecurity, hybrid impacts and critical infrastructures.

According to the government report, joining NATO would improve Finland’s security of military supply and the crisis preparedness of society as a whole. It stipulates that Finland must have an adequate level of preparedness and, as far as possible, also the necessary self-sufficiency for the most essential products.

The document notes that the Parliament’s Agriculture and Forestry Committee believes that Finland must be able to provide food to its citizens under all circumstances.

The committee also pointed out that there will be significant regional differences in the effects of the change in the security environment.

These impacts will be particularly strong in the southeastern and eastern border provinces, as the commission expects the obstacles to cooperation between Finland and Russia to have significant effects on the economy of the border regions.

Furthermore, citing the report, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus writes that the change in the security environment could have a negative impact on the general image of the region, with the eastern border regions no longer appearing safe for business investment, tourists and students.

Finland in the Eurovision final

Representing Finland, The Rasmus was the first on stage in Thursday’s semi-finals. And, as the newspaper notes, the opening performance wasn’t the best place to earn points from the judges.

However, the Finnish entry was successful and will face Serbia, Poland, Azerbaijan, Australia, Romania, Belgium, the Czech Republic on Saturday, as well as the five who will go directly to the final, Italy, the France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. .

HS’s verdict on the Finnish entry is that with their long history of international performances, The Rasmus are a true big-stage rock band that won’t be awkward to watch.

Unstable weather on weekends

Iltalehti warns its readers to be prepared for rain this coming weekend.

Foreca Meteorologist Jenna Salminen told the paper that rain showers should be expected on Saturday, particularly in the west of the country, and some in western Lapland, which could include snow.

Overall, the forecasts announce variable cloudy skies, periods of sunshine, but also the possibility of thunderstorms.

On Friday and Saturday, temperatures can reach 17 to 18 degrees Celsius in the sunniest areas, with a chance of reaching 19 degrees Celsius.

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