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Finnish communists warn against Nato membership

The Communist Workers’ Party for Peace and Socialism warns that joining the alliance would place Finland at risk of war, rather than guaranteeing safety.

FINNISH communists have voiced stern opposition to the country’s plans to join the Nato military alliance warning that it would place it at risk of war and make it vulnerable to attack.  

“Finland's Nato membership would widen the conflict between Russia and the United States and increase the division of the world into two alliances more and more clearly — as happened before the first world war,” the Communist Workers’ Party for Peace and Socialism (KTP) said in a statement. 

It highlighted eight reasons why the Nordic country should not join the alliance following Sunday’s announcement by Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

Speaking at the presidential palace, the pair argued that Nato membership has become a necessity with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changing the country’s security situation. 

But the KTP warned that joining the alliance would end Finland’s permanent status as a non-aligned country and place it at risk of war, rather than guarantee its safety. 

“Instead, it would be at the forefront of great power conflicts. This would increase its vulnerability to military attacks.

“In this way, Finland would contribute to the promotion of militarism and armaments in its neighbouring areas, while rejecting the valuable legacy of all its policies since the second world war,” it said. 

The communists insisted that the US — which effectively leads Nato — “is the most dangerous and militarily active state in the world.

“The United States has been in a virtual state of war throughout its existence,” the statement added, insisting the global imperialist superpower could not be trusted. 

Finland’s membership of the military alliance, like that of Sweden which has also announced accession plans, could be “fast tracked” according to Nato, though Turkey has suggested it could veto both.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Helsinki against making “a grave mistake.”

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