The Kremlin’s sabre-rattling in Ukraine has reignited the debate in Finland as to whether the Nordic country should join NATO, defying demands from Moscow that seek to limit expansion of the military alliance in Europe.
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin's (SDP) New Year's message emphasised Finland's possibility to apply for membership in NATO:

"Finland retains the option of applying for NATO membership," Marin said as Russia has demanded the western alliance halt its eastward expansion.
Finland and neighbouring Sweden are both militarily non-aligned but have a growing co-operation with NATO as well as strong bilateral relationships with members of the alliance such as the US, Norway and UK.
Politicians in all 3 Baltic countries believe that Finnish and Swedish membership of NATO is crucial for improving the security situation on Russia’s western border amid worries not just about Ukraine but also Belarus and its use of migrants to test Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Finland is one of the few European countries that did not hugely cut its military strength after the Cold War as its 1,340km-long border with Russia, and memories of the bitterly fought 1939-40 Winter War against the Soviet Union, ensured security matters retained a high priority
Despite skepical view, Finland has also retained close diplomatic and commercial ties with Russia, and security experts say that Niinisto is perhaps the European leader most respected by his Russian counterpart Putin, with whom he has regular conversations.

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