Minister Soini on Russia’s military power: « If if decides to do something, it will »

The American Foreign Policy discussed Finland’s special relationship with Russia in its latest issue. Foreign Affairs Minister Timo Soini says in the newspaper’s interview that Finland must know where it stands. « As a small country we know that when big countries fight it is better to be in the audience than in the ring, » he says. It is extremely important to maintain good relations with Russia, he continues. According to Minister Soini, he can never underestimate Russia’s military power and decision making skills. « If it decides to do something, it will, » he points out. No western country can compete with Russia’s determination, and we must remember this at all times. In Foreign Policy, Minister Soini calls Russia a country full of chess players. « Whether we like it or not, they will make moves that are best for them. »

Media:  Helsingin Sanomat

Date: 10.3.2016

Journalist: Paavo Teittinen

Main source: Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini

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