The move would increase the total number of NATO members from 30 to 32. This will further consolidate Western forces in an already impressive period of European unification. Finland is expected to submit its application by June, followed by Sweden soon.
Both Nordic countries have a long history of being relatively neutral. During and after WWII, Sweden famously maintained its political neutrality. In a more complex fashion, Finland entered into an enforceable treaty of neutrality with the USSR in 1948 (called the 1948 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance), but it ended when Finland and post-Soviet Russia agreed. Dissolve Agreement in 1992. Since then, Finland and Russia have only mutually obliged “not to use force against each other and to respect their 800-mile border.”
Of course, Russia and Finland do not like the idea of applying to NATO in this regard. Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, Russia had instructed NATO to suspend further expansion before invading Ukraine. The country continues to warn the coalition against taking more members; According to the BBC, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters earlier this week that “the alliance remains a tool ready for a conflict.” Many are convinced that this is a deviation from Russia’s real problem: the problem of morale and supplies, which has weakened its military.
Latest poll from Finland. 68% for NATO membership, 12 against. If the President and the government recommend, then 8% for, 11% against. In short: support for NATO is irresistible! https://t.co/9Pd5PDEzXb
– Soven Sakkov (াকSakkov) April 11, 2022
Public Support Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to escalate over Finland’s possible NATO entry. Recently Prime Minister Sanna Marin To say The Times of London reported that he hoped a quick decision would be made to “ensure Finland’s security”, even threatening Russia with military and political consequences.
Sweden is conducting a review of a security policy regarding potential membership. At the same time, talks between NATO foreign ministers are reportedly focusing on incoming applications from Sweden and Finland. With or without the two new countries, NATO is planning a “permanent full-scale military force” on its members’ borders to prevent any future invasion by Russia. NATO is also expected to adapt to its long-term plans when it convenes in Madrid this June.
So far, no existing NATO members are expected to vote this summer against Sweden or Finland’s bid to join the alliance.