President Niinistö: ”If Estonia and Russia end up in war, a world war will break out – but that cannot happen”

President Sauli Niinistö assesses that a war between Russia and Estonia is impossible because a conflict between a Nato member state and Russia would automatically expand practically into a world war. President Niinistö has been invited to the White House at the end of August. With regard to US-European relations, Mr Niinistö is particularly worried about sanctions. The US placed new sanctions against Russia this summer, which raised concern in the EU about the future of energy investments. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has even suggested taking counter-measures against the US. Mr Niinistö says this is a problem in the transatlantic relationship.

Media:  Helsingin Sanomat
Date: 17.8.2017
Journalist: Oona Lohilahti, Kaius Niemi, Kalle Silfverberg
Main source: Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland

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