Sanna Marin, the Finnish Prime Minister, stated that her country could join NATO for their security and called on the international community to work together in increasing sanctions against Russia in talks held Wednesday in Japan.
This week, both non-aligned countries, Sweden and Finland, will announce their NATO membership positions. This could be a significant blow to Russia’s military efforts to gain decisive victories in Ukraine.
Marin said that Finland should make this historic step to ensure the safety of its citizens after meeting with Fumio Kishida, the Japanese Prime Minister. “Joining NATO would strengthen the international community that stands up for common values.”
Marin stated that she had spoken to Kishida about “Russia’s terrible aggression against Ukraine” and its consequences. She also said Who should extend sanctions against Moscow beyond the energy, finance, and transport sectors.
Kishida thanked Marin, who traveled from Helsinki to meet her government while considering NATO membership. He expressed Japan’s willingness to cooperate with Finland to respond to the Russian invasion in Ukraine and ensure peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific region, where Japan is facing threats from North Korea’s military might.
Kishida stated that he and Marin had agreed to put tough sanctions on Moscow and offer the most support for Ukraine. He stated that “Changes to status quo by force cannot be permitted no matter where they are.”
Japan joined other EU and industrialized countries to impose sanctions after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th. Tokyo is growing concerned that China may use the war to empower itself in the East and South China Seas, where Beijing’s large territorial claims overlap with those of its smaller neighbors.
Japan has taken control of Russian leaders’ assets, including President Vladimir Putin. It also froze the assets of key bank officials and billionaires who are close to him. The Japanese government also restricted trade and announced that it would be phasing out imports from Russian crude oil and coal.