Defence Minister Niinistö: New “deterrence effect” – available for Finland too


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

Date: 8.3.2016

Journalist: –

Main source: Jussi Niinistö, Minister of Defence

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