Friday’s Newspapers: Statement of Defense, Traffic Disorders and a Cunning Captive | News

Find out how the United States has pledged support for Finland, environmental protesters are set to block traffic in the capital, and a nine-year-old boy escaped kidnapping captivity in Helsinki.

According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the United States will be able to address the concerns of Finland and Sweden in a possible NATO bid process. Image: PDO

As Finland explores its defense options in an altered security environment, one of the biggest questions is whether Finland will be protected from Russian aggression in a potential NATO bid process.

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It was according to the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, who said that the United States will support its partners.

“We are confident that we could find ways to address any concerns either country may have regarding the time lag between an application for NATO membership and formal membership in the alliance,” Psaki said during a press briefing.

PSAKI reiterated that both Finland and Sweden are valuable defense partners for the United States.

IS wrote that Psaki also said that the United States supports NATO’s open door policy and defends the right of each country to decide its own foreign and security policy.

If Finland and Sweden decide to apply for membership, they will need the approval of NATO’s current 30 members, including the United States. This process could potentially take up to a year, but NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an exclusive interview with Yle on Thursday that he expects it to take months.

On Thursday, it was reported that Germany and France had also promised to defend Finland if the Nordic country applied for NATO membership.

Extinction Rebellion to disrupt traffic

The environmental group said it planned to block traffic on Friday at the intersection of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu near Lasipalatsi, in the heart of the city center, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The protesters’ message is similar to its past demonstrations: overconsumption must end.

Extinction Rebellion, or Elokapinhas organized several protests on Mannerheimintie in recent years and its members have been arrested by the police on several occasions.

HS wrote that police tried to postpone the protest and did not consider Helsinki’s main thoroughfare to be a suitable protest location. Police have designated Kansalaistori, a square near the Oodi Central Library, as an alternate location.

“The police are negotiating with the protest organizer so that the protest does not cause undue disruption to other residents of the town,” the chief inspector said. Jarmo Heinonen in a police statement.

Police can intervene if protesters are breaking the law, endangering safety or obstructing traffic, the press release said.

Kidnapped Kulosaari Boy Escapes

The boy was on his way to school in the island district of Kulosaari when he was abducted by a 54-year-old man armed with a gun on April 22.

According to current information, the alleged abductor forced the child into the car just before 9 a.m. and started driving east from Kulosaari. He stopped to secure the boy to the car seat frame with zip ties. He also covered the boy’s face with fabric and duct tape.

The suspect blackmailed the boy’s parents from his phone shortly after the abduction, and his parents promptly contacted the police.

The suspect drove further east into Sipoo, pulled the boy out of the car and tied him to a tree with zip ties and left his face covered in cloth and duct tape.

The suspect left the boy tied to the tree, but the nine-year-old managed to remove the shackles and walked to a nearby road.

A passerby found him around 1 p.m.

Detective Inspector Marko Fors praised the courage of the young schoolboy.

“The boy acted with extraordinary courage in the situation. He also explained the events to the police very clearly and consistently, especially considering his age,” Forss told IL.

Officers apprehended the suspect around 3 p.m. According to the police, the kidnapping was premeditated and the suspect was demanding a ransom from the family who lived in the well-to-do area of ​​Helsinki.

“We suspect the motive for the act was the pursuit of economic gain. However, no ransom was paid for the boy,” he added.

IL said incidents like this are rare in Finland, but Forrss does not believe such crimes are on the rise.

“This is a rare exception. It is clear that this type of activity is not very profitable,” he told IL.

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