Finland joined the NATO military alliance, dealing a major blow to Russia with a historic realignment of the continent triggered by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Finland officially became the 31st North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member on Tuesday, marking a major shift in the security landscape in north-eastern Europe that adds some 1,300 kilometres to the alliance’s frontier with Russia.
Finland’s membership represents a major change in Europe’s security landscape: The country adopted neutrality after its defeat by the Soviets in World War II. But its leaders signalled they wanted to join the alliance just months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sent a shiver of fear through Moscow’s neighbours.
Source: The Indian Express (https://indianexpress.com/article/world/finland-joins-nato-dealing-russia-ukraine-war-8538258/)