NECN, April 2022
Finland and Sweden are considering whether to apply for NATO membership in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a move that Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened would have nuclear consequences. Both countries are slated to make a decision in a matter of weeks, as leaders say they are dramatically changing their security assessments. Russia has responded by saying a nuclear-free Baltic region would no longer be possible if Finland and Sweden become NATO members.
Harvard scholar Oleh Kotsyuba and Northeastern University professors Mai’a Cross and Pablo Calderon explained the implications Finland and Sweden joining NATO during an episode of NBC10 Boston’s weekly series, “Russia-Ukraine Q&A.”