Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö says the mutual assistance clause of the Lisbon Treaty has become clearer after the Paris terrorist attacks. According to Mr Niinistö, the clause serves as a deterrence effect, which can be used to counter hybrid threats. The EU is not a defence alliance, and Finland is not relying on the EU in its defence planning. However, the clause has enabled a new kind of interpretation of the EU’s unity and abilities. The overall effect on Finland’s security is positive.
Media: Uusi Suomi
Main source: Jussi Niinistö, Minister of Defence