Finnish leaders said on Thursday they wanted to join the Atlantic Alliance. The Kremlin reacted to a news item in the middle of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
The result is expected to be Sunday, but it only looks like a formality. Although the Finnish president on Wednesday assessed that joining his country in NATO would not be “against anyone”, the president and his prime minister said on Thursday that they would support Finland’s accession to NATO “without delay”.
“If he applies, he will be warmly welcomed by NATO, and the membership process will be smooth and expeditious,” said Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the Atlantic Coalition.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholes, for his part, gave his “full support” to the desire for Finnish leaders to join NATO immediately. Emmanuel Macron, for his part, noted that France fully supports Finland’s sovereign choice.
The threat of a Russian “military-technical” response
But above all a reaction was expected towards the east, namely Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said membership would be a “definite” threat to Russia.
“The expansion of NATO and the alliance’s compliance with our borders will not make the world and our continent more stable and secure,” the Russian official said.
In a statement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement that Russia would “be obliged to take mutual military-technical and other measures to put an end to threats to its national security”. .
“If we (NATO, in the editorial note) join, my response (to Russia, the author’s note) is ‘You caused this, look at yourself in the mirror’,” the Finnish president replied.
General Olivier de Bavinsov, summoned on the 22H Max set on BFMTV, raises the “geopolitical tsunami”. The former head of NATO’s international force recalled that the term “Finlandization” was used to classify the country’s historical neutrality between the two camps.
“This is a real geopolitical tsunami, which shows how much President Putin is getting in all areas, contrary to what he expected. It is a complete failure,” Oliver de Bavinsov said on our antenna.
“For this neighboring Russia, which has a border of more than 1340 kilometers, this is nothing,” the judges said Western France François Heisbourg, Special Adviser to the International Strategic Research Institute.
“This is a strategic upheaval. Finland seemed to adapt to the situation in which Russia had free training of potential members, but did not want to use this option,” he continued, qualifying Europe as a “co-beneficiary” of the decision. By Helsinki. If Finland can really be trusted Article of mutual assistance of European agreements 42.727 people are well aware that NATO vis-à-vis does not occupy the same space with Russia.
“The big difference in NATO is the United States,” Jean-Sylvestre Mongrenier underlined for the French report. “The United States, by its weight and its strength, can provide more secure security guarantees than EU countries,” said a researcher at the Thomas More Institute.
According to Amelie Jima, “the whole question is whether NATO can deploy troops in Finland, as has been done in the Baltic countries.” However, the international relations researcher explains to our colleagues France Information It does not make sense for Finland and Sweden to be members of one country, and it must be done “to be strategically and politically enjoyable.”
A similar result is expected in Sweden
Because Sweden could fall, too: a strategic review prepared by parties in government and parliament will be made public on Friday, ahead of the ruling Social Democrats’ undoubtedly decisive meeting on Sunday.
“These two neutral countries have powerful armies in relation to their populations and their maneuvers with NATO forces. If the political process is adopted, the technological process will be quickly adopted, and in the end what Putin wanted to avoid – ‘NATO’ gets closer – closer to its borders – manages to get what it does not want,” General Jerome said. Belistrandi did the analysis on BFMTV last week.
Concerned about Russia’s reaction, the two countries have already sought security guarantees in the months leading up to the formal entry into the Atlantic Alliance, similar to the mutual defense agreement signed with London on Wednesday. In the US Senate, which is responsible for approving a two-thirds majority, key officials elected from both Democrats and Republicans have pledged their support for Finland’s membership.