Huge own goal by Russia

AP reports:

Finland’s declared a “new era” is underway as it inches closer to seeking membership, hours before Sweden’s governing party on Sunday backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Russia has long bristled about moving closer to its borders, so the developments will be sure to further anger Moscow. President Vladimir Putin has already warned his Finnish counterpart on Saturday that relations would be “negatively affected.”

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday the process for Finland and Sweden to join could be very quick. He also didn’t expect to hold up the process.

Putin claims he invaded Ukraine as he didn’t want bordering Russia, and his invasion has achieved the very thing he didn’t want. Finland has 1,272 kms of land border with Russia and Sweden surrounds the Baltic Sea,

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