Russia is a great power, including militarily, as President Niinistö noted in his speech yesterday.
And, of course, military powers are responsible for security.
Finland is concerned over the events in Arkhangelsk Region, a little more than 400 km from the Finnish border.
A question for President Putin. What happened in Arkhangelsk Region, in Severodvinsk?
What can be done to ensure that events like this do not affect Finland’s security?
Perhaps it would be necessary to improve the mechanism for information exchange between Finland and Russia not only on peaceful atomic use,
nuclear power plants and civilian facilities, but on closed military facilities as well.
What further actions must be taken?
I have already said what happened there. Unfortunately, the tragedy in the White Sea took the lives of our experts.
This is work carried out in the military sphere, work on prospective weapon systems. We are not concealing this.
The people who were injured or died were performing very important work for Russia’s security.
The fact that our partners, including the Americans, test new systems proves that we have to focus on this.
I have just answered a similar question. We must think about our own security.
Speaking about information sharing, our corresponding services are working. According to the reports I have, everything is fine.
The neighboring countries did not record any increase in background radiation either.
This is obvious to everyone; this is objective data, everything that is happening can be seen from many kilometres, dozens of kilometres away.
Both military and civilian experts are working at the site of the incident, the site where this tragedy, without exaggeration, took place.
Of course (and I believe you will understand me), there are certain restrictions on access to information when military matters are at stake.
However, I fully agree with you on security issues; we must establish effective tools and an effective system to share such information. I agree with you on this.