THE newly elected president of Finland Alexander Stubb said today that his country should keep calm and focus on joining NATO despite his recent statements American ex-president Trump for the military alliance.

Trump, the Republican front-runner in November’s election, said last week that he would not want to protect NATO members from a future attack by Russia if those countries’ NATO contributions fall behind.

“Campaigns for US elections are very different from Finnish elections and the rhetoric used is much tougher… I think at this stage it is better to remain calm and focus on building our membership in NATO,” he said. Stubb during a press conference.

Finland allocates more than 2% of its GDP for defense spending as agreed by NATO member countries, Stubb added.

Yesterday, Sunday, Stubb narrowly won the presidential election and will take office on May 1 in charge of security and foreign policy, as well as the attitude of the newest member of NATO towards Russia, with which it shares a long border.