December 2, 2022
In an address on Friday in Australia, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said that Russia’s attack on Ukraine has exposed European weaknesses and strategic mistakes.
“I must be very honest, brutally honest with you, Europe isn’t strong enough right now. We would be in trouble without the United States,” she said in an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.
Ukraine must be given “whatever it takes” to win the war, Marin added.
[In] a section of Marin’s remarks…she spoke about the attitude of Estonia and Poland towards Russia.
“We should have listened to our Baltic and Polish friends much earlier,” Sanna Marin said.
Marin pointed out that so far, Ukraine has received the most military, economic and humanitarian aid from the United States. The right lesson for Europe is to build strategic autonomy in key sectors, for example, the defense industry.
The Finnish premier also warned against naivety regarding China, saying that countries like Australia and Finland should reduce their dependence on authoritarian states, especially in the areas of energy production and technology.