Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin says Europe ‘too dependent’ on technologies, energy from authoritarian states

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Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin says Europe ‘too dependent’ on technologies, energy from authoritarian states

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has used a speech in Sydney to warn that democracies must build “common lifelines” to wean themselves off critical technologies and energy from authoritarian states like Russia and China.

Finland made the historic decision to apply for NATO membership in May this year in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Ms Marin has been one of Europe’s most powerful advocates for the West to ramp up efforts to financially cripple Russia.

Ms Marin praised Australia’s military equipment contributions to Ukraine, and said it was critical that the war was settled on Ukraine’s terms.

“Make no mistake, if Russia wins its terrible gamble, it will not be the only one to feel empowered,” she told the Lowy Institute. 

“Others will be tempted by the same dark agenda.”

A tight portrait of Sanna Marin, looking thoughtful in a blue blazer with her hair flowing over her shoulders
Ms Marin says the war must be settled on Ukraine’s terms. (Reuters: Ludovic Marin)

The Prime Minister also warned that the war in Ukraine had exposed just how reliant Europe remained on Russian gas.

More broadly, she said that democracies in North America, Europe and Asia needed to realise they were still dangerously dependent on authoritarian nations such as Russia and China for a range of critical goods.

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