By the author of The Faithful Prepper and The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications.
Both Finland and Sweden are now taking the next steps to begin the application process for NATO membership starting late next month. Two different Norse media outlets broke the story: the Swedish tabloid Expressen and the Finnish newspaper Iltalehit.
Though both nations have long-avoided NATO membership due to the desire to stay neutral – particularly throughout the Cold War – this attitude now seems to have taken a 180-degree turn. Both nations state that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused them to change their minds on the matter.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (Another?!)– a pre-Russia invasion proponent of Sweden becoming a NATO nation – has said that “everything has changed” for Sweden ever since February and that, as a result, Stockholm must be “prepared for all kinds of action from Russia.”
(For the record, Finland’s prime minister is Sanna Marin. She has World Economic Forum connections as well.)
According to the Iltalehit, Sweden recently contacted Finland about the two countries filing jointly for NATO membership on May 22. While it’s unlikely that these two nations will actually become NATO nations on May 22, the process to begin to become NATO members very well could start in less than a month.
The Russian response
Vladimir Putin has long warned the Norse nations against joining NATO, stating that there would be swift military action taken against the countries should they attempt to do so. Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that if the two Norse nations joined NATO, they will face consequences.
“It’s obvious that if Finland and Sweden join NATO, which is, first of all, a military organization, it will entail serious military-political consequences, which would require retaliatory steps by the Russian Federation.” – Maria Zakharova
Moscow lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov was more straightforward with his warning. He said that if either Finland or Sweden joined NATO, it would mean “the destruction of the country.”
How could this take place?
Well, according to Russia, nukes aren’t off the table.
Dmitri Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, has said that not only will Russia strengthen its forces throughout the Baltic Sea, but that “There can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic. The balance must be restored.”
Russia is connected to the Baltic Sea via the Gulf of Finland. At the terminal edge of the Gulf of Finland is St. Petersburg. The Russian Baltic Fleet is staged in the area, as is the Leningrad Naval Base.
How large are the respective armies?
As of 2018, Sweden’s military was approximately 15,000 strong. This was roughly a 50% decrease in soldiers as compared to what Sweden had in 2017. As of 2018, Finland had 25,000 within its military. In contrast, Russia currently has approximately 850,000 active-duty soldiers with another 250,000 in reserve.
Both Finland and Sweden combined have less than 5% of the number of soldiers as the Russians have on active duty. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the number of troops who are NATO troops, which would be the sum number of soldiers for every member nation.
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What happens next?
All signs seem to point to both Finland and Sweden going through on their prospective NATO member applications. Should this take place, there is no reason to believe that there will not be military action taken against both nations. We saw the same warnings prior to Ukraine, and action resulted. We could very well see the same thing here.
What’s more, though, is that this will lead to outright Russian war with NATO. Should Finland and Sweden follow through with this goal of joining NATO, and should they be attacked, then Article 5 of NATO’s charter demands that the other members of NATO must now come to the defense of the attacked nation.
NATO forces are well-trained in cold weather environments. After all, they just finished Cold Response 2022 in Norway on April 1 – the largest Cold Response training exercise as of yet. There are currently approximately 40,000 NATO troops along the eastern NATO member nations, has plans to put much larger groups of troops in Europe to repel a Russian attack, and is looking at the creation of four battle groups of 1500 troops to be strategically placed throughout Europe as something of a quick reaction force.
So now, we currently have a war in Europe, largely as a result of NATO expansion. We have other nations that are now looking at joining NATO. We have massive amounts of troops being built up throughout Europe. Massive amounts of Russians are already in Ukraine.
There is nothing good to come from this, and you need to be prepared.
What do you think?
Do you think that Finland and Sweden will be welcomed into NATO? If so, do you think Putin will retaliate, officially kicking off World War 3? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has three published books, The Faithful Prepper, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.