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“Our decision was made on February 24”, is a quote from a former Finnish Prime Minister. The date that Russia invaded Ukraine. Sweden will probably make the same decision in the weeks or days to come. 76% of respondents to the last poll taken in Finland approved joining NATO.
Since 2014 Finland has been increasing their defense spending to 1.96% of their GDP. NATO has set a goal of two percent for NATO nations.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey has said he is not in favor of Finland and Sweden joining NATO due to the fact that both countries have Kurdish refugees in both countries. President Erdoğan is still upset that Greece was allowed to join NATO. “Greece remains the alliance’s biggest spender (on defense) as a share of GDP, contributing 3.59%.” Turkey does not meet the 2% GDP NATO goal on defense spending. Turkey spends about 1.60% of GDP on defense spending. Greece and Turkey have a long contentious history of conflict between them.
Russia has now cut-off electricity to Finland. Russia provides about 6% of Finland’s electricity. There have been military threats as well. Putin’s Special Operation in Ukraine has resulted in a new NATO neighbor that has an 800-mile-long border with Russia.
As a side note, a Russian legislator has said that after a Russian victory in Ukraine Poland will be next on the list of nations for the Reconquista of Eastern Europe.
Finland has been involved with NATO armed forces in military exercises. Like Sweden, they have military assistance pact with the US and the UK.