Finnish people want to join NATO despite Russian warnings – Channel 4 News

If the Kremlin wanted to stop NATO expansion, that’s not exactly going according to plan, either.

Today, Sweden followed Finland in confirming that it would apply to join the military alliance, both risking the wrath of Moscow.

Sweden has followed a policy of neutrality for 200 years, while Helsinki’s non-alignment is fueled by fears about the security of its 830-mile long border with Russia.

But now that border could soon belong to NATO, just 250 miles from St. Petersburg.

In Moscow today, President Putin stated that Russia had no problem with either country joining NATO, but warned that “the expansion of the military infrastructure in this territory would certainly provoke our response… we will see what threats are create for us.”

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