Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin says Europe is “too dependent” on technologies and energy from authoritarian states

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has used a speech in Sydney to warn that democracies must build “common lifelines” to rid themselves of critical technologies and energy from authoritarian states such as 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 is one of Europe’s strongest advocates for the West to step up efforts to support Russia financially. to lay lamb.

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

“Make no mistake, if Russia wins its terrible gamble, it won’t be the only one feeling stronger,” she told the Lowy Institute.

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

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

The prime minister also warned that the war in Ukraine had exposed Europe’s continued dependence on Russian gas.

More broadly, she said democracies in North America, Europe and Asia needed to realize they were still dangerously dependent on authoritarian countries like Russia and China for a range of critical goods.

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