Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja (SDP) has branded the guest contribution of Charly Salonius-Pasternak, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, to Monday's edition of Helsingin Sanomat as provocative. “The contribution of Salonius-Pasternak is in my opinion a rather deliberate provocation, which is no reason to be provoked,” Tuomioja writes in an e-mail to Helsingin Sanomat.
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Tuomioja slams researcher for provocation
Salonius-Pasternak estimated on Monday that Russia could control the airspace over the Baltic Sea by seizing a couple of islands in the Åland Archipelago.