Sweden and Finland officially announced their bid to join the list of countries committed to coming to Poland's aid in case it is ever attacked. Admitting two new, strong members to NATO will give potential aggressors two more arguments against the use of force.
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On Sunday, Finland officially confirmed that it will seek to join the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. As soon as the parliament approves the decision announced by President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna, Finland’s membership application will be forwarded to NATO headquarters in Brussels. Poland will thus gain a new, very strong ally.

Finland and Sweden to strengthen the North Atlantic Alliance

Given their geopolitical situation and a history of wars with the USSR, the Finns have never skimped on their security. Finland’s armed forces consist of more than 20,000 well-trained and well-equipped active-duty soldiers (up to 280,000 troops can be mobilized in case of war).  At their disposal, they have 200 Leopard 2 tanks and 60 F-18 multirole fighter jets capable of carrying JSAM cruise missiles with a range of 370 kilometers. The F-18s will in a few years be replaced by the latest F-35 stealth fighters. On top of that, the Finnish Navy has eight torpedo boats.

Finnish troops regularly cooperate with NATO forces and have often participated in various NATO missions. Thus, the Finnish army does not require to go through a lengthy integration process.

Everything suggests that Sweden, whose army has similar strength and capabilities to that of Finland, will follow suit. The NATO fleet in the Baltic will then be joined by five Swedish Visby class corvettes- modern and very powerful warships.

Sweden and Finland will soon join the list of countries committed to come to Poland’s aid in case it is ever attacked. Admitting two new, strong members to NATO will give potential aggressors two more arguments against the use of force.

Macron was wrong

In 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that NATO was entering a stage of brain death. Military experts and diplomats were thinking about alternatives to the Alliance when President Donald Trump, who has undermined America’s credibility as a reliable ally, finally pulls his country out of NATO. When Trump lost the election, it seemed that Joe Biden won’t even be able to repair thew damage inflicted on the transatlantic community by his predecessor. Australia’s decision to scrap its submarine deal with France and buy the watercraft from the US seemed to be the last turn of the screw.

Yet, since the end of last year, when intelligence services warned of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO has been coming back to life. The swift mobilization of the North Atlantic Alliance and the decision of the Finnish and Swedish government only proves that Macron’s diagnosis was wrong.

It shows that Putin was wrong, too. He counted on a quick and complete annihilation of Ukraine and wanted to shatter Western unity to then pit its members against each other. Meanwhile, Ukraine is not only defending itself, it is also fighting back. Western unity in the face of a rogue Russia is unprecedented, and the far-reaching sanctions are destroying the Russian economy. On top of that, the 1,340-kilometer stretch of the Russian-Finnish border will soon become the border of NATO. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that no single person in recent history has done as much for NATO's unity as Vladimir Putin was able to accomplish in the past three months. He proved himself to be a true master strategist, no doubt.

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