The NATO alliance Russia's leader despises is about to get larger and stronger
Despite over two months of trying to bloody and bomb Ukraine into submission to prevent its strategic drift to the west, Vladimir Putin may soon face one of his worst strategic nightmares: the NATO alliance he despises is about to get larger and stronger. And not a minute too soon.
Last week, Sweden’s and Finland’s opposition leaders met with Biden officials in Washington to seek U.S. support for their desire to join NATO. Petteri Orpo, the head of Finland’s center-right National Coalition Party, and Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the opposition in parliament who heads Sweden’s Moderate Party, met with senior Biden administration officials and congressional staffers to press for support of an expanded NATO. While both have long favored NATO membership, strong public support at home for the Nordic states’ long-standing policy of military non-alignment made that unlikely. But public and political sentiment shifted dramatically on Feb. 24th when Putin invaded Ukraine.
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