In fact, Finland, a country of 5.5 million inhabitants that shares a 1,300-km border with Russia, this week took the first steps toward a candidate for NATO, which it also expects to double with Sweden. .
A member of the European Union since 1995, Finland is militarily non-aligned, while developing a strong partnership with NATO. But the Finnish government has insisted on Moscow’s recent attitude “Has brought a fundamental change in the security environment and policy of Finland and Europe”,
Among the Finnish population, support for membership, which had been stagnant at around 20–25% for decades, has almost tripled to 60%. There is also a clear majority in the Parliament. According to local media reports, out of 200 people’s representatives who have already conveyed their position, around 100 are in favor of membership and only 12 are against it.
In recent weeks, the head of Finnish diplomacy has visited NATO member states to clarify his position. “Many of whom I have spoken to understand that the open door policy cannot be just theoretical. It must exist in real life”, He mentioned. According to him, the process may take between four months and one year,
In recent weeks, Moscow has heightened warnings against Helsinki and Stockholm, and the latter actually expects retaliation, with a range of hybrid threats from cyberattacks and various attempts to destabilize the country.
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