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Wed, 22 Oct, 2014 09:42:08 PM
FTimes-Xinhua Report, Oct 22

The Finnish Defense Minister, Carl Haglund said that Finland is interested in offering help to Sweden with its underwater search, if Sweden asked for it, reported Finnish national broadcaster YLE on Wednesday.

     The ongoing search for the suspected underwater vessel in the Stockholm archipelago conducted by the Swedish navy has entered the sixth day, but nothing has been found yet.

     Finland would be ready to help with the search operations, Haglund told YLE, the assistance Finland offers would depend on what type of aid Sweden requires.

     Haglund emphasized that Finland could provide help, only if it is not part of a military operation, for legislative reasons.

     "There's a big difference in whether we participate in a rescue operation, or territorial surveillance, which we can't participate in for legislative reasons," he was cited as saying.

     The defense minister also pointed out that the security situation in the Baltic Sea has been intensified for a longer period of time, due to the Ukraine crisis. In addition to Russia, the NATO countries have also increasingly increased their presence in the area.

     However, he believed that the situation in Finland is stable, as no threat targeting Finland has been noticed. 

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