Sweden and Finland refused to join NATO even during the Cold War.
However, the example of Ukraine makes it clear that even neutrality does not protect against a threat from Russia. Now the countries are getting closer to NATO: a red line has been crossed for them, according to the Welt.
Shortly before top Russian and US diplomats met to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister Sanna Marin sent a clear message to Moscow: “Finland is deciding its own foreign and security policy,” she said. “We will not be blackmailed.”
There had been previous threats from Moscow that the accession of Finland and neighboring Sweden would have “serious military and political consequences,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharov.
The red line has been crossed for Russia’s Scandinavian neighbors, who have insisted on their neutrality towards Moscow even during the Cold War, according to the Welt.
Source From: Capital