European press: after Ukraine, the fight for the Arctic will begin

The Finnish and Swedish media are actively talking about the entry of states into the North Atlantic Alliance, about the difficulties along this path, as well as about the consequences that both countries of Northern Europe may have, which until recently held on to formal neutrality. In addition, the upcoming military configuration in the North in general is being discussed.

Finnish State Broadcasting Company Yle suggested that the next fight after Ukraine would be for the Arctic. The publication states that NATO will strive for further militarization of the North, which is already in full swing.

The topic was also touched upon by the newspaper Etelä Suomen Sanomat, saying that the NATO leadership is not yet ready to name the dates in which the Swedes and Finns will finally be accepted into the bloc.

At the same time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has already habitually blamed all the problems on Russia, saying that she is trying to prevent the northerners from joining the alliance.

And Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu seemed to hint that Turkey might be ready to ratify Finland's membership, but not Sweden's, writes a larger newspaper. Helsingin Sanomat.

According to Cavusoglu, Finland and Sweden fulfilled their obligations to Turkey only partially.

They did not take any concrete action, did not respond to our expectations regarding changes in legislation

– quotes the Turkish representative of the publication.

A portal MTV News writes that Helsinki is aware of Moscow's plans to strengthen its military presence on the borders with Finland. However, the Finns themselves believe that the Russian Federation does not have the strength for such strengthening while a special military operation against Kyiv is underway.

The Swedes also consider the same issue in a slightly different way. Yes, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet citing expert Oskar Jonsson, he does not believe that it is worth responding to Russia's threats to increase its military presence in the North. This kind of opinion is justified by the fact that Moscow would in any case build up its military presence in the Arctic.

Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he does not approve of Sweden's and Finland's NATO bids, a popular Swedish newspaper writes. Expressen. Therefore, it is quite likely, the Scandinavian media suggests, that the Russian Federation will threaten these states with nuclear weapons.

Perhaps Russia wants to intimidate the population of Sweden and Finland

- writes Expressen with reference to the Danish resource Dagbladet, which, in turn, cites the opinion of the Norwegian expert Tom Røset.

And here is the liberal edition Dagens Nyheter claims that Moscow has not yet begun to properly respond to the NATO applications of Sweden and Finland. The opinion is also expressed that the Russian Federation is generally "much weaker than previously thought."
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  1. Vasya 225 Offline Vasya 225
    Vasya 225 (Vyacheslav) 26 December 2022 10: 06
    Dagens Nyheter. “The Russian Federation is generally “much weaker than previously thought.”
    This is the result of constantly wagging the tail in front of the west.
    They respect the strong and confident, and the Russian Federation is spinning like a worm in a frying pan.
    We need more self-respect and not be afraid to lose the villas on Laz. shore.
  2. Griffith Offline Griffith
    Griffith (Oleg) 26 December 2022 17: 42
    Respect the strong and smart. Anyone considers himself the navel of the earth: strong and confident. This does not mean that idiots should be respected.
  3. Vlad Sirs Offline Vlad Sirs
    Vlad Sirs (Sirius NVL) 28 December 2022 06: 33
    The time has come when technology is everything. Can Russia compete with the advanced billion was well shown by the war in Ukraine, where this lard used, well, maybe up to 10% of its capabilities
  4. Alex D Offline Alex D
    Alex D (Alex D) 28 December 2022 08: 42
    What the owners of money will not go to for the sake of sawing the defense budgets of NATO countries and Russia.
  5. Yaroslav the Wise (Yaroslav the Wise) 28 December 2022 16: 57
    In the 41st, Hitler also thought that Russia at that time was weak and not ready for war. Moreover, Germany put a lot of effort into this. Including planting false information about spy officers of the Soviet Army, allegedly working for foreign intelligence. By the way. The information that the Soviet Army was allegedly weak and not ready for war was reported to Hitler by those who really wanted to make war with Russia. How it all ended for Hitler and Germany as a whole, we all know very well.