Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on Saturday that Finland giving up its military neutrality would be a “mistake”, the Kremlin said.
“Putin stressed that ending the traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake since there is no threat to Finland’s security,” the Kremlin said in a statement after a phone call between the two leaders.
Helsinki is expected to announce its candidacy for NATO membership on Sunday.
“Such a change in the country’s political orientation may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations developed over the years in the spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners,” the statement added.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine, where Russia has been carrying out a military operation since February 24.
Putin briefed his counterpart on the status of the Russian-Ukrainian talks, which he said have been “almost suspended by kyiv, which expresses no interest in constructive and serious dialogue”, the Kremlin added.