Finland has just made a decision that will upset the apple cart.
In a monumental decision, Finland’s government decided to start the application process for NATO.
Finland previously was a neutral country for decades but now with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war that has changed.
Putin previously stated that if Finland joins NATO and ditches their neutrality then it would be a big mistake.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister also went on record saying “Moscow will not simply accept the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO”.
"Russia threatens to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on European border 'when NATO bases appear in Sweden and Finland' as Stockholm now joins Helsinki in confirming they want to join the alliance"https://t.co/8sMvTkqbvD
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) May 16, 2022
Putin made an official announcement too:
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin on Finland and Sweden pursuing NATO membership:
“Russia has no problem with those states. There is no direct threat from expansion to those countries, but deploying military infrastructure will provoke a response.”pic.twitter.com/kYtiPDd7BV
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) May 16, 2022
Update: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: Moscow will not simply accept the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO.
— EndGameWW3 🇺🇸 (@EndGameWW3) May 16, 2022
Fox News shared these details:
Top leadership in Finland announced the previously neutral Nordic country wants to join NATO as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues.
“This is a historic day. A new era begins,” Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Sunday. Niinisto made the announcement at a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki with Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
Finland shares a border with Russia and the announcement comes as top NATO diplomats are meeting Sunday in Berlin to discuss providing further support to Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Finland Saturday that relations between the two neighbors could be “negatively affected” if Niinisto follows through on the plan to apply for NATO membership.
Sweden joins Finland in asking for NATO membership https://t.co/NxRtR77zxS
— ABC 10News San Diego (@10News) May 16, 2022
Now Sweden is now also looking to join JANTO
ABC 10 News had more details regarding Sweden asking to join NATO.
A second Scandinavian nation has requested to join NATO, the 30-nation military alliance that is opposed by Russia.
Sweden joins Finland to formally request to join the alliance. Membership in the alliance comes with a stipulation of providing military assistance if a member is attacked.
The move of adding Sweden and Findland could further upset the Kremlin, which has sought to weaken the NATO alliance.
The moves by Sweden and Finland come after Russia invaded Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO. Had Ukraine been a member of NATO, other nations in the alliance would have been obligated to provide defense for the nation.