HELSINKI: Russia is trying to irritate Finland by its repeated violations of Finnish airspace, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said on Saturday, while playing down suggestions that the Nordic country was edging closer to NATO.
EU member Finland has accused Russia, its eastern neighbour and former ruler, of violating its airspace with state planes three times in less than a week and added it would step up airborne monitoring of flights.
Stubb, who took part in the EU summit in Brussels on Saturday which focused on the Ukraine crisis, said he was concerned over the airspace incidents and demanded an explanation. “It is a bad message (from Russia). Neighbours do not act like this to each other... It is clear that Russia aims to irritate,” he said in a television interview with public broadcaster YLE.
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