The small Noritic country is also expected to apply for a NATO license in the near future.
On Tuesday, a five-party government in Finland agreed to increase the country’s defense spending by more than 70%. Russia’s Noritic neighbor felt this was more necessary as it has no strategic alliance with NATO and even though it is part of the European Union, this one-time boost was seen as a necessary for the safety and security of the Finnish people.
The new spending includes 1.74 billion euros for ‘hardware’ such as weapons and guns, 163 million for an air surveillance unit on the border, and the defense forces are expected to receive more training in the coming months. years.
What does this actually mean? It’s hard to say, Finland borders Russia and actually holds the largest European Union/Russia border in the world. But overall, it would be hard to see Russia invading such an innocent country with which it has no traditional connection and which does not have an ounce of a resource that Russia needs.
Some people thought that this increase in defense was the wrong thing to do, believing that this decision was only wasting money or provoking Russia which clearly did not want to see an increase in defense spending as it invaded a other nation. It turns out that these people were 100% right! It was revealed on Friday that Finland had suffered a series of cyberattacks and that a Russian state plane may have breached Finnish airspace. Probably not a coincidence.
Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen said; “The war in Europe has fundamentally changed our security environment…for this reason, we have decided to allocate a significant budget increase to the defense forces”.
Finland is an amazing socialist country and public opinion resonates hugely because of the way its government is set up. In recent months public opinion has shifted to a more pro-defence stance and the majority of Finns would like to see a bid for NATO membership.
Then the Kremlin said it would be forced to “rebalance the situation” if Sweden and Finland joined NATO. Exactly what that means is up in the air as Russia so far seems unwilling to touch a NATO ally and considering that they would be considerably outnumbered in a potential war with NATO.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said a decision would be made in early summer, probably in June.