June 11, 2014

Divergent Estonian and Finnish Views of NATO Influenced by Countries’ Attitudes Towards US

While Finland has had reservations about NATO due to the dominant role of the US in the alliance, Estonia has great trust in Washington, an analyst said.

While Finland has had reservations about NATO due to the dominant role of the US in the alliance, Estonia has great trust in Washington, an analyst said.

Even though Finland has more than 200,000 soldiers in reserve, it has not affected its relations with Russia, because Helsinki has distanced itself from NATO, said Pauli Järvenpää.

The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Finland on Monday came at a time when Finland was discussing issues uncomfortable for Russia, and Lavrov took advantage of Finland’s wary stance on NATO, Järvenpää, an analyst at the International Center for Defense Studies, told ETV.
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