US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has continued his trip through the Nordic countries with a stop in Finland where he discussed the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The US has been supporting Ukraine in the conflict, including by providing military aid, and Blinken reaffirmed the US’s commitment to the country’s sovereignty.
Russia has been making aggressive moves towards Ukraine in recent months, with troops amassing on the border and military activity increasing in the region. The conflict has been ongoing since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and tensions between the two nations remain high.
Blinken’s trip to Finland comes after a visit to Norway, and is part of an effort to reinforce US alliances in the region. Finland is a member of the European Union and has been working to strengthen ties with NATO, a move that has been seen as a clear signal to Russia.
During his visit, Blinken delivered a speech addressing the Ukraine conflict and emphasizing the need for a peaceful resolution. He also held talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, discussing a range of issues including climate change and efforts to combat COVID-19.
The US Embassy in Helsinki said in a statement that Blinken’s visit “underscores the strength of the transatlantic relationship and the United States’ steadfast commitment to working closely with our Finnish partners to ensure regional stability and security.”