Russia’s war on Ukraine is changing geopolitics. Neighboring Finland is abandoning its traditional neutrality as President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the country will apply for NATO membership. However, Turkey is already causing drama by signaling that it is skeptical about Finnish and Swedish membership.
Finland only became independent from Russia in 1917 during the Bolshevik revolution, and it has had a wary relationship with its eastern neighbor ever since. During World War II, Finland managed the incredible feat of being on all sides. It started with a defensive war against the Soviet Union, then teamed up with Germany to strengthen its chances against the communists, and finally joined with the allies, which included the Soviet Union, against Germany.
Finland managed to remain an independent country after the war, but only by becoming “Finlandized,...
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