Alviina Alametsä is a Finnish politician who, even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, began to say that Finland should join NATO. The position of the Green MEP is also interesting because she herself was once in favor of Finland joining the North Atlantic Alliance. Her example shows how public opinion in Finland has changed since Russia began to gather its troops on the border with Ukraine and subsequently attacked it. Finland has a 1,300-kilometer border with Russia, and on Thursday its political leaders announced that they would apply to join NATO in the face of threats from the Kremlin. “I agree that Putin has made a strategic mistake. If his goal was to prevent him from having other NATO members in his neighborhood, he failed completely. I am sure that Finland will join NATO, and there is nothing he can do about it, “says Alametsä, a member of the EP’s foreign affairs committee, in an interview. You recently released a video explaining why Finland should join NATO. In the introduction, you say that you once did not support membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. Was the Russian invasion an event that forced you to change your mind? The invasion is one of the most important factors, but I started supporting NATO membership last year. I have not received information from the European Parliament’s intelligence committee about the movements of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. At the same time, I listened to aggressive statements from the Kremlin and began to expect a Russian attack. That’s when I started thinking about how we could prevent a similar threat to Finland. I realized that we should join NATO. When the invasion began, my attitude strengthened even more. Why were you originally against NATO membership? Until preparations began for the Russian invasion and the invasion itself, I did not consider it absolutely necessary. This has not been discussed much in Finland, and NATO membership has been associated with negatives. I do not support some This article is the exclusive content for subscribers of Diary N. Are you a subscriber?
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