Finland’s government websites faced cyberattacks amid reports that the Nordic nation is planning to join the NATO alliance, something that Russia has vehemently opposed.
Just before the attack, Finland announced that a Russian aircraft was “suspected to have violated” its airspace off the coast of the Gulf of Finland near the city of Porvoo on April 8 morning. The suspected violation had lasted around three minutes and the Border Guard eventually initiated a preliminary investigation into the matter.
Both events took place as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was giving an online speech to Finland’s members of parliament. Finland has not officially blamed the Russian government for the cyberattacks.
The events come as Finland is said to be considering joining NATO. Finland has usually remained neutral on the issue. However, Russia’s attack on Ukraine has forced the country to reconsider its position. Since the Feb. 24 invasion, public polls conducted by Finnish media outlets have shown that a majority of citizens seek to join the alliance.
“I think we will have very careful discussions, but we are also not taking any more time than we have to in this process, because the situation is, of course, very severe,” she said.
Finland has the longest border with Russia among nations in the European Union. It has previously fought two wars against the Soviet Union. In March, Finland’s security service warned that Russia will increase its influence and spying operations against the country. Helsinki is also investigating multiple incidents of airspace violations committed by Russian civil aircraft last month.