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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Sun Mar 6, 2022, 01:36 AM

5. Finland had a precarious relationship with Russia ...

... dating back to the treaty they signed with the Soviets in 1948. Despite two armed conflicts with Russia between 1939 and 1941, the Finns managed to hang on to their autonomy, albeit with some restrictions, like a limitation on the size of their armed forces. This is more than can be said for most of Eastern Europe.

The Finnish attitude has been described as "bowing to the East without mooning the West." After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Finns stayed on essentially the same path, but I think they are now reconsidering.

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