Finland Just Gave Russia Hell Over Their Tyrannical Demands

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Finland just told Russia that they will do what they want, regardless of Russia’s overbearing demands. Russia is demanding that Ukraine not be allowed to join NATO and wants any country that has joined NATO in Eastern Europe to be kicked out, otherwise, they claim they are going to attack Ukraine in self-defense, or at least that’s how Putin is spinning it.

So Finland’s response to Russia is pretty bold considering Russian has readied a force of at least 100k troops along the Ukrainian border.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö on Saturday reiterated his country’s right to join Nato if it wants to, in a dismissal of Russian demands for no further expansion of the Western military alliance near its borders.

“Finland’s room to maneuver and freedom of choice also includes the possibility of military alignment and of applying for Nato membership, should we ourselves so decide,” President Niinistö said in his New Year address.

Last month Russian President Vladimir Putin sought guarantees that Finland would not join Nato. In a statement released by the Kremlin, President Putin said Russian wants “international legal security guarantees” ruling out “Nato’s further movement eastward”.

“It’s clear that Finland’s president is a big fan of NATO and would probably support becoming a member, but it’s not clear that he needs to or would even be able to manage it. Finland already enjoys the highest level of “partner” status with NATO and has all of the trade advantages that go along with it. But they aren’t under the same level of mutual military obligations that full members are. Considering the very long border they share with Russia, putting them literally on the front lines of any potential conflict, they pretty much have the best of both worlds as things currently stand.

Also, Niinistö holds a position on this issue that is distinctly in the minority in his country. Recent polling indicates that 40% of Fins oppose joining NATO while only 26% support it.”

But this is what free nations are supposed to do. They are not supposed to sit back and allow another country to dictate what they will and won’t do. Finland is just making it clear that they are by no means under Putin’s thumb.




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