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NATO Membership Pipe Dream for Finland

Published: July 7, 2014 (Issue # 1818)




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The new Prime Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb told The Wall Street Journal that, after discussing security issues with officials in Estonia and Sweden, NATO membership remains a "pipe dream" for the country for the moment, reports Fontanka.fi. Stubb, however, has not ruled out Finlands future membership in the military alliance.

Breaking with the tradition that the first official visit for any incoming Finnish prime minister be to Sweden, Stubb instead visited NATO member Estonia, which the politician referred to as "our good friends." Stubb discussed security issues between the two republics with Estonias Prime Minister Taavi Roivas where the conversation focused more on sanctions against Russia than Finlands membership in NATO.

Stubb has previously expressed the opinion that NATO membership would improve Finlands security, so there was no disagreement on this point between the two leaders. The Estonian prime minister believes that the latest round of potential sanctions against Russia will further strengthen security for the nations on the Baltic, though Stubb was not as categorical. The Finnish politician repeated his idea that Estonia is currently ahead of Finland in integration with the West. This applies not only to NATO membership, said the politician. Of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, he said that the current Finnish government was unlikely to join the alliance.

Stubb visited Sweden on his second official visit as Prime Minister, where he met Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Stubb also raised the issue of security, but again limited the conversation to a discussion of sanctions against Russia. In comments to journalists, the Finnish politician reiterated his desire to join NATO at some point in the future.

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Stubb summed up his position on NATO saying that while he supports the idea of Finlands membership, he is waiting to see what the Finnish government's position will be on the subject. He said that the idea of joining NATO is not particularly popular among and remains a pipe dream for the country.





 


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Wednesday, July 30


SPIBA continues their series of Look@It tours, which focus on the success stories of major brands in the St. Petersburg market. Todays event will focus on the Gorky Golf Club and will also be held there. For more details visit spiba.ru



Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Womens Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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