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Mon, 03 Mar, 2014 12:46:38 AM
FTimes Report, March 3
The President, Sauli Niinistö replying to the queries of journalists after the meeting on Sunday.Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
Finnish authorities on Sunday said the country would not accept Russia's move to gain control over the Crimean peninsula and would condemn the use of force and threat on Ukraine.
During a discussion, the president of the republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy termed the current situation in Ukraine, especially in the Crimean peninsula, as very severe, said an official press release on Sunday night.
The meeting observed that the use of force and threat, which are in breach of the UN Charter and international law, would be condemned. 
“Russia’s military measures in Crimea are a violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Russia's move to gain control over the Crimean peninsula cannot be accepted,” said the press release quoting the meeting.
The Prime Minister, Jyrki Katainen talking to the news media queries after the meeting.Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
The meeting also urged all the parties to refrain from any military or other action that might escalate the situation.
The future of Ukraine must be solved peacefully and in respect of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including the organisation of the forthcoming elections and the status of the areas concerned, observed the Finnish authorities.
The meeting said Finland supported efforts by all parties involved, the EU, and Ukraine's neighbouring countries to solve the crisis by means of negotiations, which must be based in respect of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Ukrainian community in Finland gathered in front of the Russian embassy in Helsinki protesting Russia's role on Sunday. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Any opportunities that the European Council or the OSCE might have must be used in seeking solutions and carrying them out - especially in protecting the rights of minorities.
Finland considered it important that the European Union jointly and actively seeks to attain these objectives. Finland also welcomed the support measures of the International Monetary Fund, the EU and other actors aiming to stabilise the Ukrainian economy and implement reforms.
It is vital to underline the importance of respecting international law and the need of all parties for showing restraint, the press release added.
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