Putin could be clinging to the losing end as his special operations in Ukraine pushes Nordic nations closer to NATO more than ever.
Finland might surprise the world as it chooses to move from the theoretical safe zone that made it a historically neutral economy since Stalin’s Soviet army invasion of 1939.
Finns have never shown much support for the Nordic nation to join military alliances like NATO. However, things may take a turn around after the spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry issued warnings against Finland’s and Sweden’s contemplation to move towards NATO. The spokeswoman warned that the two countries would face adverse military consequences if they joined the alliance.
Finland Has Stayed Stable and Away From NATO
Remember, Finland has maintained its politically stable and prosperous economy despite sharing an 800-mile border with Russia. Even though it is not a member of NATO, Finland procures most of its military equipment from the West (particularly the United States). It is an active member of the European Union.
Finland President Sauli Niinistö paid President Joe Biden a visit at the white house on Friday 4th could clearly indicate that his administration is actively considering taking a bold step against Russia’s stand.
President Sauli Niinistö congratulated the Ukrainian people for the immense bravery they had shown as they resisted the barbaric bombardment from their Russian counterparts and hinted at increasing his administration’s (and that of the Nordic countries) ties with the United States.
Biden Views Finland as a Partner
Reacting to the Finnish leader’s wishes, President Joe Biden considered Finland, a strategic partner in Washington D.C’s efforts to combat Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Biden revealed that the two countries (U.S and Finland) had been closely monitoring the events in Ukraine as he hinted at considering a united transatlantic response.
The two leaders’ speech comes when public support for Finland and Sweden to join the NATO alliance has hit a historic high. A poll released on Friday indicated that a slight majority of the citizens in these countries support their administrations’ thoughts to join the transatlantic alliance.