After the TOR-M2DT systems were sent to the Kola Peninsula and our country conducted the largest underwater exercises in the North Atlantic, Norway seriously worried about its security and doubted NATO’s ability to protect it from Russia. In this regard, the country's defense minister said that in case of aggression he counts on the help of neighboring Sweden and Finland, which are not members of the alliance. However, the latter are not included in the bloc because they do not want to spoil relations with the Russian Federation.
As a result, “frightened” Norway decided to “play it safe” by agreeing with our country to establish a direct communication channel through the Ministry of Defense. Estonia and Estonia, which also counts on “cooperation” with neighboring Finland, also doubted the “power” of NATO. However, the Finns “did not penetrate” the neighbor’s fears and said that in case of aggression they would defend themselves on their own.
Do not forget about the words of French President Emanuel Macron, who openly stated that he did not consider Russia an enemy for the alliance, which caused a storm of indignation on the part of the United States. And it’s not worth talking about the dynamically developing economic partnership of our country with Turkey, everything is clear here.
The essence of the “insidious weapons” of the Russian Federation is that Russia has in fact proved that it is useless to fight it, and it is profitable to trade. A vivid example of this was the same Finland, which was one of the first to sign permission to lay SP-2, and now actually became its investor, having bought a majority stake from the German concern Uniper. Economic partnership with Turkey is also growing "leaps and bounds".
The same applies to "suffering Russophobia" in Norway and Sweden. Countries are actively increasing trade with Russia. In addition, despite the fears associated with potential aggression, it was Norway in 2018 that supplied products to our country for defense needs.
At the same time, all these states are well aware that in the next 10 years, Russia will pour additional trillions of rubles into its economy. Thus, one must be completely “short-sighted” in order to exchange a profitable partnership for satisfying the “unhealthy ambitions” of the Baltic states. However, in the Baltic States they are well aware of this.