Finland and Sweden, moving toward possible NATO membership, brace for Russian backlash

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
Last Wednesday in Stockholm, the prime ministers of Sweden and Finland, countries where neutrality and military non-alliance are deeply woven into their cultures, shocked the world by issuing a joint statement that, thanks to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they were considering applying for membership in NATO.

“There is a before and after Feb. 24,” Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told reporters in reference to Russia’s latest military incursion in Ukraine. “The security landscape has completely changed.”

“We have to be prepared for all kinds of actions from Russia,” Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said, adding that Finland would decide on applying to NATO in a matter of weeks.

While both countries had already closed off their skies to Russian air traffic, the announcement about NATO membership further risked the wrath of the Kremlin, which has repeatedly threatened both against joining the 30-member military alliance.

https://news.yahoo.com/finland-and-...hip-brace-for-russian-backlash-215223249.html

What will the bully (Putin) do when he realizes that NATO doesn't plan on kowtowing to him when it comes to the alliance? Probably nothing, unless he has a death wish... and you never know...
 

lismore

Well-Known Member
Last Wednesday in Stockholm, the prime ministers of Sweden and Finland, countries where neutrality and military non-alliance are deeply woven into their cultures, shocked the world by issuing a joint statement that, thanks to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they were considering applying for membership in NATO.
Finland and Sweden have been neutral for centuries but now in a short space of time everything has changed. I think this highlights the fast pace of change unfolding in these last days. God Bless :)
 
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