Europe’s New Normal Edges Finland and Sweden Closer to NATO

Finland Tank, cc Flickr Vestman, modified,

Earlier this week, the Russian defense ministry announced that it would be launching military exercises 50 kilometers from the Russo-Finnish border.

“The motorized brigade based in Alakurtti will be tested for the first time,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Russian military base in Alakurtti had been out of operation since 2009; it is now expected to be the headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet signals intelligence unit.

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