WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Finnish leader says Ukraine needs to be given more arms and support To ensure victory in the war with Russia.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin made comments in Auckland on Wednesday on the first visits by Finnish Prime Ministers to New Zealand and Australia. Among the purposes of the visit are the improvement of diplomatic and trade relations.
“When it comes to Ukraine, we need hard power,” Marin told reporters when asked what kind of soft power influence small countries like Finland and New Zealand could wield.
“They need weapons, financial support, humanitarian assistance, and we need to ensure that all refugees fleeing Ukraine are accepted into Europe,” Marin said.
Since the war began, both Finland and Sweden have abandoned their longstanding policy of military non-alignment and applied for NATO membership.Both countries still seek support from Turkey.
Marin said the war felt very specific to Finland because of the 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of border Finland shares with Russia. Said he was going
“We have to make sure they win,” Marin said.
She also said that the West will “increase sanctions against Russia” because the war is affecting not only innocent civilians dying in Ukraine, but people around the world with higher energy prices. “We need to make sure that,” he said..
Marin met with her New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, before the two leaders held a joint press conference.
Asked about her role as a female leader, Ardern said she and Marin feel a responsibility to speak up for oppressed women like Iran.
“The focus of our conversation is to support other women in other countries who are facing dire situations in which they have witnessed their most basic human rights being repressed and violated. can cooperate further.
Meanwhile, Marin tried to brush off criticism of her as a party-going prime minister after the video leaked This year, she showed off dancing and singing with her friends at a private party.
She said we need to focus on more important issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, the war in Europe, the energy crisis and the looming economic crisis.
“So we had a couple of free days during the summer,” Marin said. “If the media wants to focus on that, I have nothing to say. They are free to discuss and write what they want, but I focus on the issues that are in the program.”