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.
Ten artykuł czytasz w ramach bezpłatnego limitu

Follow the big issues that shape Polish politics and society by signing up to our weekly newsletter " News from Poland: Democracy at Stake ". It allows you to stay up to speed on developments concerning the ongoing assault on democratic institutions, rule of law, and human rights in Poland.

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.


Every day, 400 journalists at Gazeta Wyborcza write verified, fact-checked stories about Polish politics and society, keeping a critical eye on the ruling camp’s persistent assault on democratic values and the rule of law; the growing cultural tension between religious fundamentalism and human rights; and the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. Our journalists are on the front lines in 25 Polish cities, reporting from the streets, hospitals, and courtrooms about issues that move public opinion.

We decided to make our service available to everyone free of charge in order to provide access to high quality journalism for expats and English speakers interested in Polish affairs.

The access to information should be equal for all.

Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation
Czytaj ten tekst i setki innych dzięki prenumeracie
Wybierz prenumeratę, by czytać to, co Cię ciekawi 
Wyborcza.pl to zawsze sprawdzone informacje, szczere wywiady, zaskakujące reportaże i porady ekspertów w sprawach, którymi żyjemy na co dzień. Do tego magazyny o książkach, historii i teksty z mediów europejskich.
Więcej na ten temat
Zaloguj się
Chcesz dołączyć do dyskusji? Zostań naszym prenumeratorem