Finnish defense policy guided by will of people

  • 2003-01-09
HELSINKIFinland's defense policy will only be modified if the people of the country agree to the changes, Finnish President Tarja Halonen said Jan. 1 in a veiled reference to membership in NATO."The present defense policy has the support [of the people], and that is the way it should be in the future, too," Halonen said in her New Year's message. Finland walked a diplomatic tightrope over defense and foreign affairs during the Cold War period because of its geographical proximity to Moscow and its traditionally strong links to Western Europe.But following the collapse of the Soviet Union, F...
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