Finland risks 'serious crisis' with Russia if it joins NATO: study

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila arrives at the EU Council building to attend an European Union Summit in Brussels, on March 18, 2016If Finland joined NATO it would provoke a “serious crisis” with neighbouring Russia, an expert report commissioned by the government warned on Friday. The report also said that Finland and Sweden should decide together if they want to join the transatlantic military alliance. “Finland joining NATO with Sweden staying out would create a strategically awkward situation, leaving Finland as a strategic outpost without territorial contiguity with NATO,” the analysis said.

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