Finland said Thursday that it would apply for membership, a move that the U.S. and several NATO member states have welcomed.
On Saturday, the Finnish power company Fingrid said that Russia cut off electricity supplies to the nation. A representative for the company said that Finland “can cope” and that the power grid would not be interrupted.
Also Saturday, a statement released by the office of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and told him that the invasion of Ukraine has fundamentally changed “the security environment of Finland” and that his country will seek NATO membership “in the next few days.”
Sweden is expected to follow with its own NATO announcement. At least one member state, Turkey, has expressed hesitation on the moves.
Speaking in Russian state media, Moscow’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said Saturday that he saw no “real” reason for the Scandinavian nations to join the alliance. He said Russia would respond to their admission “by taking adequate precautionary measures.” Finland’s border with Russia is more than 800 miles long.
The United Nations this week estimated that more than 14 million people have been displaced by the war in Ukraine. The number represents about a third of the nation’s population. The U.N. also reported more than 3,500 civilian deaths, though it said the real number is likely much higher.
(McDonnell reported from Lviv, Ukraine, and Kaleem from London.)©2022 Los Angeles Times. Visit at latimes.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.