Finland's prime minister says West's mistake pushed Putin to war with Ukraine
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has said that the West's sluggish response to the occupation of Crimea has pushed Russian leader Vladimir Putin to a full-scale war against Ukraine
Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the statement during a speech at the Munich Security Conference, Helsingin Sanomat reports.
According to her, Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine could have been avoided if countermeasures after the annexation of Crimea had been stronger.
"In 2014, we made a big mistake. If we had reacted more strongly then, the war would not have started," Marin said.
She also regretted that in the West, even in early 2022, many did not want to believe that Russia would start a major war against Ukraine.
"In retrospect, it was clear that Russia would attack, but we didn't want to believe it," Marin stated.
She called for increased and accelerated military assistance to Ukraine.
"We need to accelerate and increase military production and do it very quickly," Marin emphasized.
On January 31, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his opinion that Russia would not have attacked Ukraine if Ukraine were a NATO member.