In a recent interview with The New York Times, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö expressed grave concerns about the escalating risks associated with nuclear weapons, especially in the context of the ongoing conflict initiated by Russia in Ukraine.
He emphasized the delicate nature of the current situation and how even minor incidents could lead to significant and potentially catastrophic shifts.
"We’re in a very sensitive situation. Even small things can change matters a great deal and unfortunately for the worse. That is the risk of such large-scale warfare," Niinistö stated.
He went on to describe the risks associated with large-scale warfare, highlighting the immense danger that nuclear weapons could be deployed. "The risk that nuclear weapons could be used is tremendous," he added.
Niinistö expressed understanding for political leaders who have chosen to tread cautiously due to fears of escalation. Notably, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and U.S. President Joe Biden have faced criticism for their approach. Niinistö urged everyone to understand the position of responsible decision-makers.
The Finnish president also took the opportunity to remind everyone that while the war of aggression will eventually come to an end, Russia remains a constant presence. He stressed the importance of rebuilding trust to ensure that another conflict isn't looming on the horizon. he also stressed that Europe has a significant interest in ensuring that Russia doesn't revert to warfare.