HnExpress Mayank Chakravarty, Web Desk News : The Kremlin’s press service said in a statement that Vladimir Putin told Sauli Niinistö that Finland’s abandonment “of its traditional policy of military neutrality would be an error since there are no threats to Finland’s security”. The statement added — “Such a change in the country’s foreign policy could negatively affect Russian-Finnish relations, which had been built in the spirit of good neighbourliness and partnership for many years, and were mutually beneficial.”
The response came after Finnish President Niinistö decide to apply for Nato membership in the coming days. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has told his Finnish counterpart that joining NATO would be “a mistake”, as Moscow cut off its electricity supply to the Nordic country earlier – in what is seen as retaliation for Helsinki’s moves.Finland is non-aligned Nordic country, which has a complex history with its eastern neighbour Russia throughout History.
Russian retaliation : Russia suspends electricity supply to Finland On Saturday, the Finnish grid operator said that Russia has suspended electricity supplies to Finland overnight. Nevertheless, Finland which only imports about 10 percent of its power from Russia – said the shortfall was being made up by imports from Sweden. It is to be noted that Finland shares a 1,340 kilometer (830mile) border with Russia, the longest by any European Union member.
One should know Both Nations has History of Millitary conflict in Past i.e Soviet Finnish conflict also known as Winter War of 1939. Back then Soviets made several demands, including that Finland cede substantial border territories in exchange for land elsewhere, claiming security reasons—primarily the protection of Leningrad, 32 km (20 mi) from the Finnish border.
When Finland refused, the Soviets invaded.Hostilities ceased in March 1940 with the signing of the Moscow Peace Treaty in which Finland ceded 9% of its territory to the Soviet Union. NATO membership is still not easy for Nordic Countries like Finland and Sweden since NATO member Turkey seems not be favorable to the idea of inclusion. Turkish President Erdogan consider Scandinavian support for Kurdish militants as reason.