Finnish President Sauli Niinisto does not consider Russia a threat. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine, he said that Russia has no reason whatsoever to attack Finland, that’s why he has no desire to join NATO.
“I don’t think Russia will invade the Baltic States. Neither has it any intention to attack Finland,” Niinisto noted.
He added that the disagreements he has with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin do not prevent a constructive dialogue because Russia respects Finland’s position.
The Finnish president also recalled the advice he gave US President Donald Trump before his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July.
"You have to be very careful when you meet Putin. He is always very well prepared," Sauli Niinisto said.
In late August, President Putin invited his Finnish colleague to hold talks in an informal atmosphere on the presidential yacht Chaika.
The two earlier met on July 27, 2017 in the Finnish city of Savonlinna, where Vladimir Putin was invited to attend celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence.
At its July 2016 summit in Warsaw, NATO decided to send international battalions to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to deter alleged Russian aggression.
Reacting to NATO's move, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow has no plans to attack any NATO member.