Russia said – Finland joining NATO is a big threat
Russian government headquarters Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s response would depend on what specific steps the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) takes to develop its infrastructure closer to Russian borders. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin has already ordered steps to strengthen the country’s security in the western part in response to NATO’s expansion along Russian borders. Earlier, Russia had warned that there would be military and political consequences if Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO.
Finland announces joining NATO
The President and Prime Minister of Finland have announced that the country supports the application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This announcement by the country’s President Souli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin means that Finland has now fully made up its mind to join NATO. But, some action is yet to be taken before the commencement of the application process. In such a situation, Finland can be granted membership in the next few months or years after fulfilling the conditions of joining NATO. Apart from this, neighboring Sweden can also decide on joining NATO in the coming days.
What are Putin’s options?
Russia has already warned about Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Finland shares a long border with Russia. If we talk about military power, then Russia is far weaker than many small countries in Europe. In such a situation, President Vladimir Putin can deploy heavy weapons on the Finnish border. This will increase a kind of psychological pressure on Finland. Not only this, the Russian army can increase vigil and its activities along the border of Finland. This would also put heavy pressure on Finland’s relatively weak army.
Russia will not take immediate action against Finland!
However, Russia will still wait for Finland to get full NATO membership. Even after this, it will be seen how NATO waits for Finland to face Russia. If Russia feels that NATO is increasing its military power in Finland, then it will definitely retaliate. Not only this, the Russian army may also start provocation against Finland. In such a situation, Finland, which remains calm and neutral, could be in great trouble.
What is the harm to Russia by Finland becoming a member of NATO?
Russia may also feel threatened from the north by Finland becoming a member of NATO. Apart from this, Russia’s main city and economic capital St. Petersburg can also be unsafe. Finland is a country situated on the banks of the Baltic Sea. In such a situation, if NATO wants, it can encircle Russia by creating a blockade between Estonia and Finland. Estonia is already a member of NATO. Due to this, the movement of Russia across the Baltic Sea may be affected. Not only this, Russia’s maritime trade may also come to a standstill. This is the reason why Russia does not want NATO to approach its northern border.