The United States of America is about to get two new highly capable allies in Europe, thanks to Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The currently neutral Finland and Sweden are widely expected to now apply to become members of the US-led NATO as early as this summer.
Putin Pushed Key Nations to Abandon Neutrality in America’s Favor
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has caused such a shock to the publics in Finland and Sweden.
For the first time ever, both nations have seen a firm majority of their citizens favoring joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance.
Apparently, both Sweden and Finland may formally become members of NATO.
For NATO countries, an attack against one member is an attack against all. This could happen as early as the summer of 2022, according to a report by The Daily Mail on high-level diplomatic talks about the matter.
The accelerated admission of Sweden and Finland in NATO was apparently discussed at last week’s meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO member states.
Reports citing diplomatic sources say that in June, Finland is going to submit a formal application to join NATO. Sweden will follow suit shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, a member of Putin’s rubber-stamp parliament has threatened that joining NATO would mean “the destruction of their” countries.
Russia to Sweden & Finland: I'm warning you of severe consequences if you Join NATO
Sweden & Finland: pic.twitter.com/po9kmJk1U4
— Homosapien 🇺🇦 (@Sapien_thinker) April 11, 2022
It’s hard to put into words how much Putin has screwed over his country for generations.
Sweden & Finland joining NATO was unfathomable just a short time ago. Now it appears certain they’ll join.
Putin is the furthest thing from a genius.
He’s a delusional idiotic war criminal
— The Lincoln Watchman👀🇺🇸 (@LincolnWatchman) April 11, 2022
Day 46 of my 3 day war. Ukraine is on fast track to join EU while Sweden & Finland are poised to join NATO.
I remain a master strategist.
— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) April 10, 2022
#Ukraine: Ukrainian indirect fire continues to strike Russian armored vehicles in #Mariupol; seen here, a (possible MT-LB based) vehicle is struck, and when ammo cooks off causes further damage and a fire to start on two T-72B tanks. (The damage looks very minor to one of them.) pic.twitter.com/oAHHC7YVm0
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) April 11, 2022
Matter of ‘Weeks, Not Months’
In recent public comments, Sanna Marin, Finland’s Prime Minister, made clear her view that her nation should now rethink its stance on neutrality.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has been less clear, but refused to rule out submitting an application to join the US-led alliance.
The Swedes and the Finns’ militaries are numerically small, but considered highly capable and modern.
This is unlike the apparently dismal condition of the Russian military that has been demonstrated in Ukraine in the past 47 days.
Thus, Finland and Sweden would become assets to NATO; their admission may stretch further the positioning of the Russian military.
A report by UK-based newspaper The Times reveals Sweden is following Finland in carrying out a review of its national security, which is due to be completed in April.
Even since Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24, public opinion polls in Finland have been showing a U-turn in public views on neutrality, and a monumental shift towards joining NATO.
Finnish leader Sanna Marin recently said Russia “isn’t the neighbor” she considered it to be.
She added the situation caused by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is “very severe”, and her government isn’t going to take “any more time” than necessary to hold “very careful discussions” on the matter.
Alexander Stubb, Finland’s Prime Minister in 2014 and 2015, meanwhile said his country may apply to join NATO as soon as next month.
He recalled when Russia invaded Ukraine in February, he declared this would cause Finland and Sweden to seek NATO members in months.
Stubb has now changed his forecast to “several weeks.”
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) April 11, 2022
Just stop, Guarav. Russia is after Ukraine’s natural resources, titanium & lithium, especially. Sweden & Finland have both; only NATO membership would stop Russia doing to them what it’s doing to Ukraine. Idk about you, but the world doesn’t want to be raped by Russia. pic.twitter.com/nPZosUy0il
— Where’s My Sass? (@SassWhere) April 11, 2022
Sweden & Finland: We are very seriously contemplating joining NATO.
NATO: We would welcome you with open arms & expedite your membership cards.
Russia: We warn you, that would piss us off a whole bunch.
Everyone: Russian war ship, go fuck yourselves.
— Indigo Geek 🐝 (@indigogeek) April 3, 2022