Rattled By Russia, Finland And Sweden Revisit NATO Debate
Faizan Hashmi Published January 28, 2022 | 11:30 AM
Helsinki, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jan, 2022 ) :The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine has reignited debate in Finland and Sweden over whether they should join NATO to fend off any possible eastern aggression.
Fighter jets could be heard carrying out drills above the Finnish capital this week, while Sweden recently deployed troops to a Baltic outpost in response to rising tensions.
"It's for Finland and 30 NATO allies to decide, finally, on the issue of membership, and that's exactly the same for Sweden," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday after meeting the countries' foreign ministers.
But Charly Salonius-Pasternak, from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, said Finland and Sweden had made "a conscious effort... to get explicit statements that NATO's open-door policy is still open".
She added that Finland had long abandoned its Cold War stance of seeking to appease the Kremlin by remaining neutral.