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    Finland Joining NATO Not on Current Agenda - Ambassador to Russia

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    Finland's Ambassador to Russia said that Helsinki is not considering at present the issue of NATO membership.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Helsinki is not considering at present the issue of NATO membership, but nothing can be ruled out, Finland's Ambassador to Russia Mikko Hautala said in an interview with Russia's Kommersant newspaper posted on its website on Tuesday.

    "As for the issue of NATO membership, we are not considering it, but we do not rule it out. Any state is interested in having different options for action, so we always say that nothing can be ruled out, but this issue is not on our current the agenda," Hautala said.

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