Finland should remain calm despite Trump’s rhetoric, says President-elect Stubb

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish president-elect Alexander Stubb said on Monday that his country should remain calm and focus on its NATO membership despite the former US administration. President Donald TrumpRecent comments on the military alliance.

Trump, the favorite to become the Republican nominee in the November election, said last week that he would not want to protect NATO members from a future attack by Russia if those countries’ contributions to NATO were lagging behind.

“American election campaigns are very different from Finnish elections, and the rhetoric used is much stronger… I think at this stage it is best to stay calm and focus on building our membership in the NATO,” Stubb said at a news conference.

Finland spends more on defense than the 2% of gross domestic product agreed by NATO member states, Stubb added.

Stubb narrowly won Finland’s presidential election on Sunday and will take office on March 1 in charge of security and foreign policy, including the NATO member’s recently approved stance on Russia , with which it shares a long border.

(Reporting by Essi Lehto and Tom Little in Helsinki, editing by Stine Jacobsen, Louise Rasmussen)

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