The diplomat is known for his fiery and sometimes confusing comments.
Mikhail UlyanovRussia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organization in Vienna said in an interview with Russian news agency RIA that Finland would be the first to suffer in a conflict between Russia and NATO.
“They are [the Finns] We were living in calm and peace, and then suddenly we found ourselves between Russia and NATO as part of a military alliance, but they are our neighbors, so if there is an escalation, God forbid, they will will be the first to suffer, which of course I would never want, ”Ulyanov said in response to a question about Finland’s participation in the Defense Union.
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Mr. Ulyanov is known for his passionate and sometimes confusing comments on social media sites such as X (formerly known as Twitter). In 2022, Ulyanov wrote on a social media site: “There will be no mercy for the Ukrainian people,” and later apologized, claiming the post was a misunderstanding.
Earlier this month, Russia summoned Finland’s ambassador over Finland’s new Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with the United States.
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