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The Finnish Foreign Minister saw a chance to restore the trust of Russia and the EU

Finnish Foreign Minister Haavisto saw a chance to restore trust between Russia and the EU Trust between Russia and European countries disappeared due to the military operation in Ukraine, but it can be restored, said the Finnish Foreign Minister

Trust between Russia and the EU can be restored, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said in an interview with El Mundo. He noted that trust has disappeared due to the fact that Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine. “I am convinced that someday this trust will return, it is very difficult to say how and when,” — he said (quote from EarlyBulletines).

The Finnish-Russian border remains calm, and the embassy in Moscow remains open, Haavisto said.

“We have many families on both sides borders, we must remember this on a human level, regardless of political differences, & mdash; the minister emphasized.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Kyiv imposed martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow. Representatives of 141 countries in the UN General Assembly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities, demanded a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops.

In response to the hostilities, the EU has imposed six packages of sanctions against Russian companies, banks, businessmen, politicians, exports and imports. The European Commission has presented a plan to reduce gas supplies from Russia by two-thirds by the end of 2022. In early June, the EU adopted a ban on the import of oil from Russia by sea.

On June 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the European Union had lost its political sovereignty. He pointed out that the actions of European politicians would lead to degradation, serious socio-economic changes.

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Meanwhile, on June 23, the European Parliament and the European Council gave Ukraine and Moldova the status of a candidate for EU membership. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stressed that the European Union will not be able to improve relations with Putin after the hostilities in Ukraine.

Against the backdrop of Russia's military operation, the proportion of citizens of Finland and Sweden who support countries joining NATO. If in February such a step in Finland was approved by 53% of the population, then by May the number increased to 76%, Yle reported. In Sweden, the figure rose from 41% to 58%, Svt wrote citing a Novus survey.

On May 18, the ambassadors of the countries submitted applications for NATO membership to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Turkey opposed the admission of countries to NATO. Istanbul accused their authorities of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is recognized as terrorist in Turkey. However, on June 29, the parties settled their differences. Sweden and Finland received the status of countries invited to NATO.

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