Finnish press: Russia may seize islands in the Baltic

Thomas Rice, a professor at the Swedish National Defense University, raised in an interview with the local newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the discussion about the possibility of a Russian attack on Finland's Aland archipelago, as well as the Swedish island of Gotland. This, without giving details, was later reported by the Finnish website MTV Uutiset, which in turn cited comments on the topic given by experts from Finland.

In particular, the historian and political scientist Jukka Tarkka also expressed his own opinion about the defense of the archipelago.

The forward line of defense of the Aland Islands is located far in the Baltic Sea, and the Finnish air force and coastal defense are very ready to work in those places [...] The Russian military leadership knows all this and must take into account

- writes Tarkka on his Facebook.

According to Mr. Tarkk, the Åland Islands have no less chances of a successful defense than all other regions of Finland.

The opinion was also expressed that the Russian Federation now needs to concentrate its armed forces on the border with Ukraine, so it cannot do anything in the Baltic except to demonstrate its power.

A full-scale operation against the islands will require a significant number of equipment and personnel. Currently, this threat is relatively small. However, there is a possibility of confusion that could distract the states of the Baltic region from what is happening in Ukraine.

- this is how Charlie Salonius-Pasternak, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Relations, assessed the chances of a direct collision with the Russian Federation.

He also does not believe that Russia is planning a full-scale attack, but allows various "provocations" in the Baltic Sea.

It is noteworthy that the topic of the "Russian threat" to Aland or Gotland periodically appears in the press of Russia's neutral neighbors in Northern Europe, although all experts from these countries agree that so far the prospects for such actions are insignificant.

However, in 2015, Stockholm rebuilt the previously disbanded garrison on the island of Gotland and reinforces it from time to time.

In addition, Stockholm and Helsinki have close contacts with NATO, and the topic of northerners joining the alliance comes up from time to time. However, so far both countries are limited only to joint exercises with the members of the bloc, while reserving, however, the right to any actions in the future.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of Russia
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  1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
    Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 28 December 2021 10: 57
    Disturbing news comes from the constellation Perseus too.
    Putin is pulling troops to the edge of the galaxy to attack Aldebaran!
  2. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 28 December 2021 13: 12
    We sleep and see how we just really needed the island of Gotland and how we could seize it as quickly as possible, the Swedes and the Finns are also on fire, now it's a fashion trend to find fault with Russia in Europe, that's why Amerov's limitrophes are competing at all their throats, their insanity and stupidity grows stronger every day, it just comes to ridiculous !!!
  3. Rusa Offline Rusa
    Rusa 28 December 2021 13: 41
    We will not be touched, we will not touch, but we will not let the descent be touched.
    If the EU's Russophobes are very itchy, then let them scratch in another place.
  4. NikolayN Offline NikolayN
    NikolayN (Nikolai) 28 December 2021 23: 19
    Invented, written, appreciated. And where is the appeal to the court for the publication? And where are the publications in our press about Finland's preparations for an attack on the hero city of Murmansk? To the cities of Arkhangelsk, Kolomna, Ryazan, Tyumen? Where are these foreign agents with their sensations about Sweden's preparation for the invasion of Tula? Why are they silent?
  5. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 29 December 2021 07: 28
    Finnish press: Russia may seize islands in the Baltic

    - of course it can, it can capture the entire Scandinavian peninsula, but a logical question arises - what the hell?
  6. Boris the Imperialist (Boris Kuzmin) 4 January 2022 02: 54
    The Russian Federation does not have access to the Baltic Sea from St. Petersburg. Estonia and Finland voluntarily in 1991 reduced their territorial waters in the Gulf of Finland, for the passage of ships to St. Petersburg on supposedly neutral waters. Both voluntarily reduced, and not voluntarily (depending on the behavior of Russia), Estonia and Finland can restore their territorial waters. And then Russia will be forced to seize islands in the Baltic Sea to control the passage of its ships from the Gulf of Finland to the Baltic Sea.