Estonia and Finland have agreed to unite coastal defense after the latter joins the NATO military-political bloc. This will close access to the Baltic Sea for Russian warships. This was stated by Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur in an interview with Iltalehti newspaper.
“The range of Estonian and Finnish missiles exceeds the width of the Gulf of Finland,” Pevkur said. He said that at a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Finland, they agreed to unite the defense of the countries and exchange information.
A joint missile defense system will make it possible to close the Gulf of Finland from Russian warships. “The Baltic Sea will become NATO’s inland sea when Finland and Sweden join the alliance,” Pevkur stressed.
- Sweden and Finland have decided to abandon their neutral status and join NATO amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Their entry into the alliance must be approved by all 30 member countries of the organization. As of August 4, 23 states have ratified the agreement on new members.
- Another NATO member in the Baltics, Denmark, which has not participated in the EU’s defense policy for the past thirty years, decided to join after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- The Kaliningrad region, an exclave of Russia bordering Poland and Lithuania, both NATO members, also has access to the Baltic Sea.