Finland’s Foreign Minister on Why Helsinki Is Moving Toward NATO Now,

Pekka Haavisto, the Finnish foreign minister, is an understandably busy man these days.

The biggest news in the Nordic region of late is Finland’s apparently imminent decision to join NATO following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February. […]

FP: And the Aland Islands? Are you concerned about the Russians’ interest in the archipelago?

PH: Well of course if you look from the strategic point of view, the control of the Baltic Sea, the Aland islands are important, just as Gotland is. We are very aware of this issue or potential issue. For us it is important that we have our military planning regarding Aland, but of course that is only put in place if there is any threat against the islands. Läs artikel