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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Expecting relatively calm assignments in Finland, [US] embassy officials could not have predicted how Russia's invasion of Ukraine would change the country they were posted to and the job they'd be called to do.



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... In September 2021, just a few months after he took up his post as defense attache at the US Embassy in Helsinki, Col. John Kent was breathing a sigh of relief after embassy staff helped coordinate a sensitive, high-level meeting between then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Chief of Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

That the face-to-face between longtime antagonists took place in the Finnish capital was no fluke; the historically neutral Nordic city has a decades-long tradition of hosting crucial summits, including Cold War dialogues between American and Soviet leaders that helped stave off a third world war. (It also was the site of the controversial 2018 meeting between then-US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.)

So after the Milley-Gerasimov meeting was over, Kent thought, "Hey, that's it. That's our big thing we're going to do during my three years in Helsinki."

Putin, however, had other plans. His full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 galvanized the public in Finland, shattering more than a half-century of relative neutrality, pushing Helsinki to apply for NATO membership and turning the attention of Washington, and the world, to European security --" especially for nations like Finland that share a border with Russia.

The result was a deluge of new activity for the US staff in Helsinki, from helping to usher Finland through the bureaucratic gauntlet that is NATO accession, to negotiating a critical US-Finland Defense Cooperation Agreement, to preparing for high-profile visits by President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-27 07:54 PM | Reply

Neutrality is all well and good until Putin decides your country is Psycho putin's next target for psychotic murder, rape, kidnapping and infrastructure destruction because the economic progress made in your country is causyng unrest among the Russian people who want the same success so, since Putin is incapable of leading his nation to prosperity he uses his military to destroy those who are capable.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2024-05-28 10:58 AM | Reply

"Putin is incapable of leading his nation to prosperity"

This is ultimately the cause of the war.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-05-28 11:13 AM | Reply

If Mr. Putin wasn't so intent on running roughshod over the Baltic States (formally the U.S.S.R) there wouldn't be this need for a mad dash to become part of NATO.

Now Mr. Putin's last and only hope of cementing his legacy as Russia's greatest leader is wholly dependent on Donald Trump winning the 2024 election and removing the U.S. support of NATO allies like he promised and failed to do in 2020.

If Trump is sweating bullets in this 2024 election, it's not ALL because he's afraid to go to jail.

Mr. Putin is known to be a very nasty taskmaster to those who fail him.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-05-28 04:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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