Russia’s correspondent Kirt Grude Gurkamp
“If Sweden and Finland had planned this a year ago, the country would have been much smaller and the news would have dominated the Russian television channels, but so far the official response in Russia has been remarkably sluggish. Needless to say, joining would have serious consequences, but it is unclear at this time what concrete steps Russia could take.
An overview of the map reveals that Russia’s influence is significant. Being a Finnish and Swedish member means that the Baltic Sea will practically become NATO’s inland sea. The Baltic Sea is completely surrounded by NATO territory, with the exception of the coastal area near Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, Russia. NATO forces are also approaching Russia. St. Petersburg, the second largest city in the country, is located 130 kilometers from the Finnish border.
Unlike Ukraine, Finland is rarely mentioned in a historical context, although the country was once part of the Russian Empire. But Finland is seen differently than former Soviet republics like Ukraine. The language may change if the NATO member is really immediate. Moscow, meanwhile, is considering a more comprehensive response. “
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