Finland has signed a defense pact with the US in which it grants the Americans 15 military bases. Russian analysts are now talking about an “inevitable war” as fundamental principles and agreements between Russia and Finland are being violated.
The cause that has already led to two wars comes to the fore again.
The situation for the Russians is much more serious than it was with Ukraine as it becomes clear that the United States is not abandoning its plans to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia.
In this way, it seems that the president of Russia, B. Putin, knew very well what he was saying since 2016.
In 2016, during a joint press conference after talks with the then president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, Putin said:
“Russia comes from the fact that Finland is a neutral country. Russia keeps its troops away from Finland’s borders.
Let’s imagine that Finland joins NATO. This would mean that the Finnish defense forces would cease to be independent. Instead, they will be part of the NATO infrastructure, which will thus be located close to the border with Russia.
In this case, Russian troops will not be located 1,500 kilometers from the border with Finland, but will be moved back to the border of this country.
B.Putin then emphasized that NATO is happy to “fight to the last Finnish soldier and Russia does not want that”.
The same phrase has been used by B. Putin and other high-ranking Russian officials for Ukraine, describing “what exactly is happening now”.
Finland will give the United States access to 15 of its military bases as part of a defense cooperation pact, Finnish Defense Minister Andi Hakkanen announced.
Next week, the US and Finland are expected to sign the Defense Cooperation Agreement in Washington. Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported that the bases will host US ground forces, navy and air force personnel.
The Finnish Cabinet clarified that the agreement will be signed on December 18. It will then have to be approved by parliament.
“The United States is committed to protecting us in difficult times. This is an extremely important message now,” Hakkanen said during a televised press conference.
Hakkanen will do Finland a favor by simply calling someone in Kiev asking how is Ukraine doing under the protection of the United States?