“We make a decision in a panic”: Sweden and Finland are discussing joining NATO

For the time being, in the neutral states of Europe, Sweden and Finland, the exchange of views on joining the North Atlantic Alliance continues. Although political the elites of these countries are set on membership in the bloc, the appearance of discussion is still observed in the press.

Thus, it is pointed out that there are still pitfalls on Finland's path to NATO membership that can manifest themselves in the future. For example, the Finnish newspaper Uusi Suomi cites Kimmo Elo of the University of Turku as considering the possibility that the final decision on Finland's membership in the US-led military bloc could be delayed and end up in the next parliamentary debate, which will be elected in the spring of 2023.

There are no unequivocal opinions in Sweden either, although Stockholm, apparently, has already decided almost everything for itself. However, there are other opinions. In particular, this is stated by Jan Svärd from the Social Democratic Party of Sweden, whose words were published by the newspaper Dagens ETC.

Now, with discussions hastily curtailed, a decision will be made that will end more than 200 years of non-alignment that has given Sweden the longest period of peace since the Middle Ages. Making a decision in an atmosphere of panic on an issue with long-term consequences risks creating far more uncertainty than before. There is no reason to drag Sweden into NATO. On the contrary, we should have a real debate on this issue. In-Depth Discussion Required

says Mr. Sward.

However, rare voices quickly drown in the general chorus, which almost unconditionally supports the early entry into the North Atlantic Alliance.

In addition, any criticisms are passed off as Russia's attempts to influence NATO expansion.

According to the head of the Security Police*, Antti Pelttari, Russia's attempts to influence the debate over NATO in Finland have so far been limited. Despite this, the Finns should be prepared for the fact that Russian companies will launch information attacks

- noted in a new article of the Suomenmaa.fi resource.

On the eve of a similar possibility was discussed by representatives of the special services of Finland, Sweden and Norway. However, Antti Pelttari admitted that the Russian Federation would not do anything in connection with employment in the Ukrainian direction.

Earlier, Russia warned northerners about the harsh consequences of joining the North Atlantic Alliance. First of all, Stockholm and Helsinki will face changes in the military-political configuration, as Moscow will have to eliminate the imbalance that has arisen with the help of its own deterrence forces.

*Finnish special service, engaged in anti-terror and counterintelligence.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of Sweden
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  1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 4 May 2022 10: 44
    Predators gather in a flock, although the hopes of killing a bear are extremely illusory.
    I wonder how they intend to divide the prey: will they not gnaw?
    1. greenchelman Offline greenchelman
      greenchelman (Grigory Tarasenko) 4 May 2022 11: 08
      Well, for starters, the Finns and Swedes still need to join the same NATO. Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has already announced that he will veto the entry of Finland and Sweden into the Alliance if the issue is decided at the presidential level. As for "dividing the prey", here, as it were, the bear must first be overwhelmed. If they succeed, then you and I will probably never know how they will distribute and share the booty among themselves. But if they do not overpower the bear, then there is a possibility of the emergence of the Scandinavian Federal District, although it is extremely sparsely populated. It all depends on a bunch of circumstances. We are living in interesting times.
  2. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 4 May 2022 21: 33
    The best defense for Finland and Sweden is their neutrality ... Joining NATO is entering the war ...
  3. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 4 May 2022 22: 30
    A radioactive five hundred meter wave raised from a hundred megaton Poseidon charge in the Atlantic beyond England bullyHello Solovyov in a masterpiece video. In any case, Geography will wash away a very large part of Sweden. And nothing personal hi Well, the Finns and the remaining Swedes will simply get the widest range of non-strategic means of delivering nuclear weapons. Nothing personal. Only personal observation. Elementary knowledge of geography.