Oh it’s never fake news when they get caught….
Defence Minister heatedly denies dual citizenship news – Yle holds line
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö has publically rejected Yle’s reporting on the treatment of dual citizens in the military, blaming the organisation for spreading “false news” and damaging Finland’s reputation in Russia.
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö says that the way in which national broadcaster Yle reported on recent news about military rules concerning dual citizens is harmful to Finland’s image in Russia.
“Basically, the Defence Forces have acted lawfully and Yle is spreading false news,” Niinistö said in Parliament on Wednesday. “The false information spreading like wildfire in Russia leads people to believe that dual citizens are treated unfairly in the Finnish military service – and that just isn’t true.”
The Russian media has not, in fact, widely reported on the dual citizenship issue.
A handful of articles (on news sites such as Fotanka and Regnum) quote the Yle article directly, and the state-owned Sputnik News site’s English version contains a news item headlined “so much for equality”. However, central Russian news agencies Interfax and RIA Novosti do not contain any mention of the citizenship row on their websites at the time of writing.