RUSSIA is secretly buying up plots of land in Finland to prepare for an invasion, the country’s intelligence service has spectacularly warned.
Security police force SUPO claimed foreigners were purchasing sites in Finland to house Russian troops, according to Finnish tabloid Iltalehti.
A SUPO report submitted to a parliamentary committee reportedly warned: “These measures may be caused by preparations to influence a forthcoming crisis situation. Continue reading
Much is being done to counter Russian ambitions in the High North, and yet much more remains to be done.
The recent stream of senior U.S. defense officials to Nordic countries underlines American concerns about potential friction in northern Europe, and Washington’s efforts to boost defense and deterrence there. Defense Secretary Ash Carter stopped in Norway in early September, while his deputy Bob Work, who has been to the region three times over the last two years, paid an early-October visit to Finland’s capital, Helsinki. Shortly thereafter, Air Force Secretary Deborah James made her own trip across the region. (Go back to last year, and Senate Armed Services Committee chair John McCain was in Norway and Sweden to discuss regional security.)