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Finland's Historic NATO Membership and Russian Counter-Measures

Finland formally joined NATO on Tuesday following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Moscow threatened "counter-measures" in response to Finland's accession. The Finnish flag was raised outside NATO's Brussels headquarters, marking a significant policy shift.

Flags of Finland and NATO
Flags of Finland and NATO

NATO Border with Russia Doubled by Finland's Accession

Finland's membership in NATO doubles the length of the alliance's border with Russia, strengthening its eastern flank while the war in Ukraine continues without a resolution.

Finnish Foreign Minister Completes Accession Process

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto completed the accession process by handing over an official document to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at NATO's headquarters.

NATO Secretary-General Welcomes Finland to Alliance

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Finland to the alliance, stating that war has returned to Europe and that Finland has chosen to join NATO to be part of the world's most successful alliance.

Russia Increases Military Capacity Following Finland's NATO Membership

Russia announced plans to strengthen its military capacity in its western and northwestern regions in response to Finland's NATO membership. Moscow warned that the conflict in Ukraine could escalate further due to Finland's accession.

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg

End of Finland's Military Non-Alignment

Finland's NATO membership marks the end of an era of military non-alignment, which began after the country repelled an invasion attempt by the Soviet Union during World War Two and sought to maintain friendly relations with neighboring Russia.

Ukraine Hails Finland's NATO Accession

The Ukrainian government praised Finland's move to join NATO, with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff, Andriy Yermak stating that NATO is also a key goal for Ukraine.

Moscow Criticizes NATO Expansion

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov criticized the NATO expansion, claiming it infringes on Russia's security and national interests. Moscow will closely monitor any NATO military deployments in Finland.

Finland's Military Capabilities Benefit NATO

Finland's accession brings significant military capabilities to NATO, as it is one of the few European countries to have maintained a conscription army focused on repelling any Russian attack.

Sweden Awaits NATO Membership Approval

Finland and Sweden applied together to join NATO last year, but Sweden's application has been delayed by NATO members Turkey and Hungary. Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias