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Finland to Sign Memorandum on NATO Assistance

Politics » DEFENSE | April 23, 2014, Wednesday // 12:23| Views: 1508 | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria: Finland to Sign Memorandum on NATO Assistance Finnish Minister of Defense Carl Haglund said Finland's decision is not a step toward joining NATO. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Finland is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with NATO, under which it will be able to receive assistance from foreign forces.

The country's Defense Minister Carl Haglund was however ruled out that it could join the alliance.

According to Finnish broadcaster YLE's website, the Memorandum of Understanding resembles a military interoperability deal.

It enables participation of armed forces in joint drills, but also enhances Finland's ability to receive assistance "from other EU countries, the Nordic countries and NATO countries".

Erkki Tuomoja, Finland's Foreign Minister, explained the deal was not a politically binding document and still awaits approval from the President, as well as from security and defense experts.

Sweden, which is neither a member of NATO, has signed a similar deal allowing interaction of its military forces with those of the alliance.

A recent national poll has shown that only one in three Finns is ready to join NATO.

Tensions are on the rise in Northern Europe as Sweden announced Tuesday it was boosting defense expenditures due to a perceived threat from Russia.

NATO countries earlier approved measures to step up the defense of the alliance's eastern flank, including the Baltic countries and the Black Sea region.

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History Repeats - 29 Apr 2014 // 19:36:27

Al countries of the world have a lot to think about, especially now. In truth there has been enough polarization on both sides of the equation, Russian, United States, Nato, and EU. It all comes down to fear, and whom do you fear most. Russia, fears nato expansion up to its boarders.At the same time promote fear. From past invasions into european countries with a doctrine of expansionism, during the Soviet times. Invasion and subjugation of countries, comes at a backlash against Russia, here and now. In truth Nato as it is today would have died out, if it wasn't for Russian paranoia of invasion from the Western part of Europe. Nato was created, out of that fear; and the more Russians, rattles it saber, the more countries will align themselves with Nato security. The Old Fear, is coming back to Europe, thanks to Russians themselves, partly. United States is not perfect, but Europe is free, and has been free under the banner of Nato, for over 60 years. Europe does not answer to Washington, Washington has been answering the call, from Europe in many ways. Europe has the EU, which has separate agenda from the United States. For a long time now, United States has given guarantees to Europe defense. Does Europeans really believe that our interest in the defense of Europe is different today as it was in the beginning of Nato. Our History tells a very different story, then the one that is widely believed in Europe. The fear that comes out of Europe, that United States would ultimately bring Europe into a war, in particular with the old Soviet Union. In truth, through out history mostly it has been European Wars, that has caused the United States to go to War, in the defense of Europe. Here we are today, with the old remnants of the old Soviet Guard within Russia today, doing same things as years past. Trying to create, some form of the past, into the future, and today. Ukraine will be only the first stage of Putins ambition to test Europe and the alliance. He see's weakness, in the alliance, and the rift with some European countries and the United States. Does Europe fear an invasion and annexation from the United States. Or is it the fear that United States will not be there when you need them, again.

On the other hand Russia does have its strategic interest,Cremia and a history of past invasions into there territory. Defending a large open area of Russian Federation under the current circumstance is troubling to say the least. Especially when your neighbors Europe, Eu, NATO,and China are be coming super powers of there own. With Russia having a dwindling population, and there only true exports are Oil,Gas, and military. 60 % of all Revenue or more coming out of Europe, Gas and Oil, mainly. Russia, is coming from a point of weakness not Strength.

Great Power comes great responsibilities. Is Europe up to the Task, as a united Continent, I hope so. United we stand divided we fall.

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Finland - 24 Apr 2014 // 02:54:18

YLE is a Finnish propaganda site owned by Finnish government. Thanks for fostering Finland's propaganda here

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