Finland says it closely monitors Russia after mobilization

"Our defense forces are well prepared and the situation is closely monitored."

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Finland’s Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen attends a news conference in connection to a Nordic-Baltic Defense Ministers meeting at the P 18 regiment at Tofta on the Island of Gotland, Sweden, on Sept. 2, 2022. (Fredrik Sandberg / TT News Agency via Reuters)

OSLO —Finland is closely monitoring the situation in neighboring Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s order of military mobilization, the Nordic country’s defense minister said on Wednesday.

“Regarding Finland’s surroundings, I can say that the military situation is stable and calm,” Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen said. “Our defense forces are well prepared and the situation is closely monitored.”

Reporting by Essi Lehto.