Russia violates Finnish airspace as Helsinki mulls NATO

SpaceWar.com reports: “A Russian army helicopter violated Finland’s airspace Wednesday, the defence ministry said, as the country mulls a potential NATO membership bid, which it hopes would be speedy.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Wednesday that should Helsinki apply, alone or together with neighbouring Sweden, she hoped the application process would be completed as quickly as possible.

Helsinki is holding talks with key members of the alliance to obtain security guarantees during the application period, which could last several months, Marin told a joint press conference with Nordic leaders in Copenhagen.

Meanwhile, UK defence minister Ben Wallace, who was visiting Finland Wednesday pledged the UK’s support in the event of an attack on the Nordic country…”

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