Half of NATO’s Enhanced Opportunity Partners border Russia: Finland, Georgia and Ukraine. Another, Sweden, is also in the region NATO terms the High North/Baltic Sea area. To demonstrate the military bloc’s global reach, the remaining Enhanced Opportunity Partners are Australia and Jordan….Stoltenberg failed to mention that Finland provided troops for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The Scandinavian nation was in charge of a so-called Provincial Reconstruction Team along with its neighbor Sweden. Two Finnish soldiers were killed in Afghanistan; the first since World War II.

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Secretary General welcomes NATO’s close cooperation with Finland

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council met with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki on Monday (25 October 2021) at the start of a three-day visit to Finland and Sweden.

The Secretary General welcomed the close cooperation between NATO and Finland on security in the Baltic Sea region, as well as in the High North. “Together, we [collude on] NATO’s enhanced forward presence in the Baltic region, our air policing mission and of course Finland’s commitment to its national defence,” he said.

Mr. Stoltenberg praised Finland for its contributions to…from the Western Balkans to Iraq. The Secretary General and President Niinistö also discussed NATO’s Open Door policy and the Secretary General reiterated that the Alliance’s door remains open to countries in Europe that meet the criteria for membership.

Stoltenberg and head of state of NATO Enhanced Opportunity Partner Finland, Sauli Niinistö. Photo: NATO.