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Fri, 12 Sep, 2014 12:20:00 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Sept 12
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in parliament on Thursday. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb on Thursday said the new round of sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia will not have a major direct impact on Finland.

The new sanctions on Russia are expected to take effect on Friday.

Speaking to reporters after a parliamentary question-time session, the premier said the new sanctions will not have a major direct impact on Finland but the indirect effect of the crisis in the long term is another thing.

Stubb did not specify the nature of the sanctions, stating that there was no point of speculating on the possible sanctions.
The opposition parties on the other hand have reservations about the timing of the new sanctions.
The chairman of opposition Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party), Juha Sipilä, questioned the timing of the sanctions during the parliamentary debate, arguing that progress has been made and a ceasefire has somehow been observed.
The Centre Party’s argument was also viewed in the same light by another opposition party, the Vasemmistoliito (Left Alliance).

The premier agreed that progress had been made with respect to observation of ceasefire but, he said, that alone is not enough.
According to Stubb, the logic from the European Union’s point of view is to increase pressure in order to achieve ceasefire and a lasting peace.

He maintained that ceasefire has not been observed fully and civilians are still being killed in eastern Ukraine. The border crossing points, he said, have not yet been handed over to the Ukrainian authorities and not all those kidnapped have been set free.


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