Why is Putin afraid of NATONATO? Will Russia attack Finland like Ukraine if joining NATO?
New Delhi: Finland and Sweden, which were neutral for decades during the Ukraine-Russia war, have announced their intention to join NATO. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and President Souli Niinstad said on Thursday that they would soon submit applications for NATO membership. However, Russia has threatened retaliation against Finland and Sweden.
Russia has previously threatened to deploy nuclear and hypersonic missiles near Finland if it joins NATO. Russia is expected to take some big steps in the wake of Finland’s announcement.
What is NATO, which Finland wants to join?
The full name of NATO is North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It is a military and political alliance of European and North American countries. It was established on 4 April 1949 by 12 countries including the United States, Britain and France to oppose the Soviet Union. NATO now has 30 member states, including 28 European and two North American countries. The biggest responsibility of NATO is to protect the country and its people. According to Article 5 of NATO, an attack on any of its member states would be considered an attack on all NATO countries.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and President Souli Niinistad on Thursday announced their support for joining NATO without delay. There have already been many indications of this, especially after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to a recent survey in Finland, 76 percent of the people in the country are in favor of this decision.
Finland has said that NATO membership will strengthen its security. However, in January this year, as Russian troops were gathering near the Ukrainian border, the Finnish prime minister said that his country was unlikely to join NATO.