A setback for Vladimir Putin, Finland becomes the 31st member of NATO, extending the length of member states’ borders with Russia.
Finland has become the 31st member of the NATO security alliance, doubling the length of member states’ borders with Russia. The Finnish foreign minister handed the accession document to the US secretary of state who declared Finland a member. Finland’s accession is a setback for Russia’s Vladimir Putin. He had repeatedly complained of NATO’s expansion before his full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In effect, it means if Finland were invaded or attacked, all NATO members would come to its aid. Finland brings with it a well-equipped and trained, active armed force of about 30,000 with a wartime strength of 280,000.