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New polls suggest more support for Finland joining NatoA Helsingin Sanomat poll showed 54 percent support for Nato membership while three-quarters of Chambers of Commerce members said yes to joining the military alliance.Yle News23.3. 07:08•Updated 23.3. 07:48Helsingin Sanomat's (HS) most recent (siirryt toiseen palveluun) poll about Finland's possible Nato membership suggests that a slight majority of people in the country are in favour of joining the military alliance, with about 54 percent of respondents saying they would back such a move.The proportion of a similar poll the paper carried out in early March (siirryt toiseen palveluun) was 48 percent in favour of joining.About one-in-five of the poll's 1,062 respondents said they were against joining while one in four said they were unable to express an opinion on the matter.The paper's poll further showed that men were more likely to support the move with 64 percent being in favour of membership compared to 45 percent of women.Age group-wise, it was those aged between 60 and 69 that were most eager for Finland to join the military alliance. In contrast, just under half of respondents aged between 31 and 39 supported membership.Three in four business managers say yes to membershipNearly 75 percent of businesses belonging to Finland's Chamber of Commerce answered the burning membership question with a "yes."Meanwhile out of the nearly 2,000 member companies just seven percent were against Nato membership and nearly 20 percent opted for 'cannot say.'
Swedish Top Politicians at Cold Response: Important Signal about Defense CooperationOn 14 March, the Norwegian-led military exercise Cold Response 2022 started. It goes on in Norway, with main emphasis in the North, and takes place every other year, having participation from allied and partner countries.This year, some 30,000 soldiers from a total of 27 countries are participating. These are NATO countries along with Sweden and Finland. This is the largest Norwegian-led exercise in Norway since the Cold War.The exercise is to last until 1 April, according to the Joint Operations Headquarters, and has in recent days taken place in Nordland and Troms counties. The program also includes a series of visits from political and military leaders from the participating countries, such as the Swedish top politicians, as well as NATO leaders.The Swedish forces’ brigade headquarters near Bjerkvik just outside Narvik were the destination of Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson (Social democrats) and opposition leader Ulf Kristersson (Moderates). The Swedish forces are localized together with Finnish forces in Skoglund Camp.“This visit was very important. This exercise has been planned for a long time. It is important that we, based on the current security situation, send an important signal about there being interaction, cooperation and preparedness to defend our territories, the PM said at a joint press conference, according to Swedish daily Aftonbladet.Sweden has some 1,600 soldiers involved, both land forces and fighter plane forces, according to the Swedish Armed Forces. These come a.o from the North Bothnia regiment, the country’s northernmost county. The Finnish battle group of 680 soldiers operates as a part of a Swedish brigade, according to the Finnish Armed Forces.The NATO questionThe PM and opposition leader’s joint visit to the military exercise took place at the behest of the former. Such an invitation across political borders was well received by the Moderates’ leader.“When there is a war in Europe, we do all we can to cooperate”, Kristersson said during the visit, according to Aftonbladet.Last Friday, he stated that if the Moderate Party wins the upcoming fall elections, Sweden will apply for NATO membership. Kristersson argues that he would prefer for the Swedish application to be submitted as early as this spring, along with a Finnish application, referring to both Swedish and Finnish debate about the NATO issue in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.The Center Party, the Liberals and the Christian Democrats are also positive to Swedish membership in the Alliance. The Swedish Democrats do not rule out quick support of this line if the security situation so requires, according to Swedish radio.
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PS. CSTO was established in 1992, so it can be argued that NATO expansion which started 7 years later was in response to Russia forming that agressive military bloc.
Eric Holder saysPS. CSTO was established in 1992, so it can be argued that NATO expansion which started 7 years later was in response to Russia forming that agressive military bloc. Show the growth of it since 1992.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_Security_Treaty_Organization#Membership
The CSTO grew out of the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and first began as the CIS Collective Security Treaty (CST) which was signed on 15 May 1992, by Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in the city of Tashkent. Azerbaijan signed the treaty on 24 September 1993, Georgia on 9 December and Belarus on 31 December.
LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that there was no threat to Russia if Sweden and Finland joined NATO......"As to enlargement, Russia has no problem with these states - none. And so in this sense there is no immediate threat to Russia from an expansion (of NATO) to include these countries," Putin told the leaders of a Russian-dominated military alliance of former Soviet states....
Are you fucking for real? Read your own fucking links:
Eric Holder saysAre you fucking for real? Read your own fucking links:Yes, I am for real. Consult a map.
Map-shmap: what the fuck a map has to do with anything?
After seeing what the Western propaganda did to the citizens of the Baltic States (Vehemently anti-Russian even though Russia is vastly different from the Soviet Union)
After seeing what the Western propaganda did to the citizens of the Baltic States (Vehemently anti-Russian even though Russia is vastly different from the Soviet Union),
Germany commits €100 billion to defense spendingGermany has announced a plan to prioritize military spending in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. A "special fund" will be set up to better equip the Bundeswehr. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a plan to beef up the German military on Sunday, pledging €100 billion ($112.7 billion) of the 2022 budget for the armed forces and repeating his promise to reach the 2% of gross domestic product spending on defense in line with NATO demands.Scholz announced the new allocation in a speech during a special session of parliament on Germany's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He said the spending would include investments and armaments projects for the German military. Scholz also said Germany would supply the Ukrainian military with weaponry, in a reversal of previous policy."We need to support Ukraine in its hour of desperate need," the chancellor said. "In attacking Ukraine, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin does not just want to eradicate a country from the world map, he is destroying the European security structure," Scholz told German lawmakers.Why is the defense boost important?"It's clear we need to invest significantly more in the security of our country in order to protect our freedom and our democracy,'' Scholz said. Germany reported a record high in NATO defense spending for 2021, submitting a budget of €53 billion for the current year.That figure marks a 3.2% increase over the year before. In 2020, spending was capped at an estimated €51.4 billion.The €100 billion Scholz said would be dedicated for the armed forces this year is a one year boost though the move is significant, as Germany has often been criticized by the United States and other NATO allies for not investing enough in defense. "We are not alone in defending peace," Scholz said, adding Germany would be deploying more forces to NATO's eastern flank.Former German defense leaders have been publicly circumspect about the country's lack of military readiness since Putin gave a speech last Monday announcing his intentions and motivations for invading Ukraine.The decision to step up and meet NATO's target for defense spending of 2% of GDP came as bitter medicine to some lawmakers , who could be heard reacted negatively to the chancellor's announcement during the Bundestag address.
Finnish president Sauli Niinisto said on Tuesday that Turkey has agreed to support the NATO memberships of Finland and Sweden, and Ankara said it “got what it wanted” from the talks with the two Nordic countries.Niinisto said the decision came after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, facilitated by Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg.“As a result of that meeting, our foreign ministers signed a trilateral memorandum which confirms that Turkey will at the Madrid Summit this week support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO,” Niinisto said in a statement.
MADRID – President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday, as he arrived at the NATO summit in Spain, that the U.S. would step up its military presence in eastern Europe.Biden announced the U.S. would establish a permanent troop presence in Poland and maintain an additional rotational brigade of 3,000 fighters and 2,000 personnel in Romania. The troops in Poland will be the first permanent U.S. forces on NATO’s eastern flank.
U.S. would step up its military presence in eastern Europe.
U.S. would step up its military presence in eastern Europe.A WIN FOR PUTIN!!! THE MAN IS A GENIUS!!!
Argentina and Iran are joining BRICS and that is more significant than the NATO expansion.
Argentina and Iran are joining BRICS and that is more significant than the NATO expansion. KAURI SHELLS, RUBLES, AND IRANIAN RIALS WILL SOON ECLIPSE USD AS WORLD'S RESERVE CURRENCY.
US dollars are FINE - as long as you spend them quickly.
energy could only be purchased in the US dollar, that's ending.
US dollars are FINE - as long as you spend them quickly.USD is the best looking horse in glue factory, figuratively speaking.
Ruble is the strongest currency in the world at this point. It has placed a floor on it's value in terms of gold.
Ruble is the strongest currency in the world at this point. It has placed a floor on it's value in terms of gold.Sounds like Soviet times when ruble was the "strongest" currency.
And how many USD could you buy in Moscow by using rubles today, and how many USD can you withdraw from your Russian bank dollar account?
Russia isn't experiencing any inflation in food, electricity, gasoline, anything. Th
Russia isn't experiencing any inflation in food, electricity, gasoline, anything. ThWrong, I dont know where you get this
From institutions that actually are still able to trade the currency. They don't care about politics or propaganda, they care about $$$$, only.
Russia isn't experiencing any inflation in food, electricity, gasoline, anything. The US is.
When will you realize you're a useful idiot?
From institutions that actually are still able to trade the currency. They don't care about politics or propaganda, they care about $$$$, only.Now you are contradicting yourself. I gave you data about inflation originating from Russian sources, which show that a rouble buys less food etc, and you show me how much dollars can be bought with rouble, after saying that
richwicks saysrichwicks says
Russia isn't experiencing any inflation in food, electricity, gasoline, anything. The US is.richwicks says
When will you realize you're a useful idiot?If I am a useful idiot, then I dont know who you are. You contradict yourself in space of 2 comments. That is not a show of high, or ...