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Finnish PM claims joining Nato will ‘strengthen security’

FINNISH Prime Minister Sanna Marin said today that the possibility of her country joining Nato was for the security of its citizens and called for the international community to step up sanctions against Russia during talks in Japan.

Non-aligned Finland and Sweden are set to announce their positions on Nato membership this week.

“If Finland makes this historical step, it is for the security of our own citizens,” Ms Marin told a news conference after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

“Joining Nato will strengthen the whole international community that stands for common values,” she claimed.

Meanwhile, Russian troops continued to pound the last redoubt of Ukrainian resistance in the devastated port city of Mariupol.

The neonazi Azov Regiment said on social media today that Russian forces carried out 38 air strikes in the last 24 hours on the Azovstal steelworks.

Scores of civilians were evacuated in recent days, but Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday that about 100 civilians could still be trapped there.

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