• Washington And Helsinki In Talks To Establish U.S. Military Base In Finland

    May 4, 2023
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    President Joe Biden and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö are in talks regarding the U.S. establishing a military base in Finland as Helsinki recently became the newest member of NATO.

    According to Finnish Foreign Ministry official Mikael Antell, the two countries are hammering out a Defense Cooperation Agreement that could potentially allow Washington to build a significant military installment on Finnish territory.

    While Finnish officials have not ruled out hosting nuclear weapons, nuclear warheads would not be part of the agreement between the two nations. Although the U.S. does have nuclear weapons stationed in 5 NATO countries as part of the organization's nuclear sharing program, no new nations have been added to the program since the end of the Cold War.

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    According to Antell, the potential agreement "enables troops to enter the country, stay on the ground, the pre-storage of material and possible infrastructure investments through the funds granted by the U.S. Congress to the Pentagon."

    The two countries have been in negotiations regarding the DCA since last fall, with talks about the deal taking place again last week in Helsinki.

    "The agreement also defines the facilities and areas where the cooperation would be focused," Antell added. "They are basically military areas and garrisons. In principle, there can be more than one, but the discussions are still open in this regard," Antell concluded.

    Finland shares more than 800 miles of border with Russia and after its acceptance into NATO, the country will become more militarized.

    Meanwhile, Moscow has plans to increase its military presence along the border in western Russia and had said that it will take more action in response to NATO's expansion and the additional infrastructure that will be coming to Finland.

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    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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