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President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed NATO summit, United States, Russia and current terrorism threat assessment

Government Communications Department 26.6.2018 16.43 | Published in English on 26.6.2018 at 17.30
Press release 332/2018
President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed NATO summit, United States, Russia and current terrorism threat assessment

On Tuesday 26 June, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the forthcoming NATO summit, which is to be held in Brussels on 11–12 July. For Finland as a NATO partner country, the development of cooperation between the European Union and NATO is of key importance. Finland also shares NATO’s concern for more comprehensive security and the need to project stability in Europe's Southern Neighbourhood.

The President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy also discussed the United States and the transatlantic relationship between the European Union and the US. In this context, recent developments were assessed, also with regard to the multilateral system. The meeting also covered topical matters related to Russia.

Additionally, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy were given an overview of the current terrorism threat assessment in Finland. The Finnish Security Intelligence Service’s assessment is that the terrorism alert level in Finland, on a four-tier scale, is still at the second lowest level of ‘elevated’.

Inquiries: Jukka Salovaara, Director General, tel. +358 295 350 636, Maimo Henriksson (Russia), Director General, tel. +358 295 351 247, Kimmo Lähdevirta (United States), Director General  tel. +358 295 351 746, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Seppo Ruotsalainen (terrorism), Deputy Director, Finnish Security Intelligence Service, tel. +358 295 484 804