Being an Erasmus student means to discover culture and habits of the country in which you are hosted.
This interview relies on my will to understand the political and cultural connections between Finland and US.
The answers are attributable to a spokesman of the US Embassy in Finland.
1) What about the geopolitical role of Finland related to future developments in the relationships between USA- Russia?
There is no doubt that the security environment in the region has shifted. The illegal occupation of Crimea and Russian activity in Eastern Ukraine violate international law. Provocations in the Baltic bring to mind a bygone era. The United States stands with Finland and the European Union in sanctioning Russia until Russia fully implements its Minsk commitments.
2) How much USA and Finland are connected from a diplomatic point of view?
Finnish-American friendship could hardly be more natural. It is rooted in our common values: a strong commitment to democracy, respect for the dignity of the individual, and belief in the rule of law. Our countries have deep historical roots and we hold to a vision of a better world.
These values play out in day to day diplomacy on a range of issues that include climate change, respect for minority rights, collective security, and the Arctic.
As the current chair of the Arctic Council, the United States will pass its chairmanship to Finland in April 2017. We are already working closely with the Finnish government to continue our shared priorities and goals and look forward to working with Finland as the chair of the Council.
3) Could the US F-15 Eagle exercises in Finland of the last May be considered as indicative of the establishment of good relations between the countries?
On October 7, 2016 Finland and the United States signed a statement of intent to strengthen an already strong bilateral security relationship. The statement expresses our shared desire to cooperate on security issues of mutual concern and to ensure that our militaries can work together to confront issues of mutual concern.
This agreement is important for our bilateral relationship. It’s also a visible sign of U.S. commitment to our friends in this region and our desire to work bilaterally, multilaterally, through NATO and through other venues and partners to promote peace and stability in the Nordic-Baltic region.