Does the potential defense agreement with the U.S make much sense for either Finland or the U.S.? Michael Peck, a contributing writer for the National Interest takes a look.
Is Finland about to abandon neutrality and become America’s newest Nordic ally?
Finnish Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto told Reuters on Monday that his nation is negotiating a defense agreement with the United States. Niinisto expects the agreement to be signed by this fall.
Niinisto said the agreement would not include any military obligations for either nation. “It would cover areas where we already work together, like military training, information sharing and research,” he told Reuters.
Nonetheless, the question still remains as to what Finland will get out of antagonizing Russia. Unlike Finland, America doesn’t share an 800-mile-long border with a nuclear-armed and somewhat touchy former superpower. Closer ties with the West haven’t saved Ukraine, and it’s debatable whether they’ll save the Baltic states.
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