“The presidents had a sincere exchange of views over the announced decision by Finland’s leadership to apply for NATO membership” (…) “Vladimir Putin stressed that rejecting the traditional policy of military neutrality would be wrong since there are no threats to Finland’s security. Such a change in the country’s foreign policy course could have a negative effect on Russia-Finland relations, which have been built over the course of many years in the spirit of neighborliness and partnership cooperation and have a mutually beneficial nature” the Kremlin noted” (TASS – ‘Finland’s rejecting military neutrality policy would be wrong, says Putin’ 14.05.2022).
We are now 80 days into the war in Ukraine. There is 80 days since the Russian-Belorussian invasion of Ukraine. That bloody war has had a lot reactions and resulted in diplomatic changes across Europe. The Russians and Kremlin most likely didn’t plan or think this would have such affects to attack a sovereign Republic. The Russians was just re-taking what was theirs and doing it, because the Ukraine has no nationhood. That is how they proclaimed it, but everyone knows that Ukraine has a vast history and is a historical territory. Therefore, the justification to do so is fraudulent and only done so Putin could get a buddy in-charge of Kyiv.
We know now that Kremlin and Russia doesn’t respect the sovereignty of the neighbour nations. The current leadership has no issues to take territory and annex it. The Russians has no issues using every reason under the sun to attack, kill and destroy a former USSR republic. That is what the world has learned from Putin the last three months.
So, Putin is said to be a brilliant strategist. However, him and Kremlin is only coming out with warnings to the neighbours. The Russians are coming with stern words and saying it will destroy relations. However, what else are the nations supposed to do? Are they supposed to wait their turn to be violated? Is Finland, Sweden, Moldova, Georgia and whoever else supposed to wait for their turn?
Because, that is what Russia wants… they want all the sovereign countries in their proximity to be non-aligned and be a free-for-all. The Kremlin and Duma wants the former USSR and other neighbours to be totally neutral. In such a manner, that they have no friends and relations who can help them, if they get attacked or invaded by Russia. That is what I understand from this.
Putin wants the power and the ability to attack them. Kremlin wants the sovereignty and integrity to control its neighbours. While the nations themselves are not allowed to make alliances or be parts of the rest of the Europe. That is what Putin wants.
Putin wants total suction and influence. He don’t want nations to go towards Europe or the West in general. Finland and other nations are seeking NATO or EU to get into an alliance or common trading market, which is beneficial for them. The memberships of NATO or EU is helping them both by having European allies. Therefore, that is hurting Russians and their influence in Eastern Europe.
Kremlin should reconsider itself. Putin should think for once that people react and realign themselves when they see what the Russians are willing to do. The Russians waged war on Ukraine and the rest of Europe is changing because of it. It is just like Putin thinks a war doesn’t have consequences and wouldn’t possibly backfire on him.
Helsinki changed their position and saw a need to get closer to their allies. As the “neutrality” would be a danger for them. They are seeing what is happening to Kyiv and it is only wise to seek a defensive alliance. When the Russian Federation is attacking a sovereign neighbour like Ukraine. Peace.