Russian War Games Spill Secrets, Spur Neighbors; 'Scared the Hell Out of NATO'
Leon Mangasarian and Ott Ummelas
Charly Salonius-Pasternak, a security expert at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki, was quoted in Bloomerg on Friday 21th November. He termed Russia’s moves “quite a wake-up call” that makes it impossible for Finnish or Swedish politicians “who want to be taken seriously” to dismiss Russia’s buildup as low-level rearming.
“Russia’s armed forces can do things that they couldn’t do 10 years ago,” he said in an interview. “Russia has a much better ability to transport large units, long distances and have them arrive combat ready.”
That’s triggered a debate in both Finland and Sweden on whether to join NATO.