Vladimir Putin Wants Finland

As of late, Vladimir Putin seems to get most of what he wants. So, when a former top Putin adviser says that Russia’s President wants to take Finland, the world takes notice.

While speaking to the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Andrej Illarionov made it clear that Putin sees any territories that were formerly Russian or Soviet as territories that Russia ought to expand into. Illarionov served as the president’s economic adviser between 2000-2005.

Finland was a part of the former Russian Empire up until 1917 when it was granted total autonomy. However, according to Illarionov, it is Putin’s belief that Finland is rightfully Russian, and the granting of its independence was an act of treason. As such, Illarionov claims that Putin will move into Finland to retake it, and he is poised to do so soon.

Furthermore, Illarionov argues that Putin’s world view has him set to retake areas of the Baltic States, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Illarionov highlighted these states alongside Finland as territories that Russia’s president will claim in the near future.

None of the listed territories are NATO states, and some analysts suggest that this makes them ripe for Russia’s picking. As countries like the United States and the United Kingdom are only likely to become militarily involved if Russia is to attack a NATO nation, it appears unlikely as of now that any significant deterrents are blocking Putin from invading as he pleases.

And Vladimir Putin seems to be encouraged by Western sanctions. According to Illarionov, the West is acting with naivety in economic sanctions. Apparently, the sanctions have only confirmed Putin’s world views and bolstered the Kremlin’s propaganda machine. Now, if he truly wants Finland and other former Russian or Soviet territories, he can make a better case for his actions.

Asked if Putin plans on making good on his reported claim to the Scandinavian nation, Illarionov replied by saying that, although not today or tomorrow, Putin will eventually dive headlong into European Union nations for his own gain.

This most recent freezing of relations came about as a result of Russia’s destabilization, invasion, and annexation of Crimea. Putin claimed that what was a former Soviet territory truly belonged to Russia and, as a result of political upheaval in the area likely caused by the Kremlin itself, he made a case that the Russian nationals in the region needed to be defended from Ukrainian Fascism.

As a result, the West imposed sanctions on several prominent Russians. Furthermore, several diplomatic efforts have been used against Russia, including a freezing of military relations and kicking the Eurasian nation out of the G8.

However, it appears unlikely as of now that these sanctions are having any sort of profound or positive effect in terms of helping deescalate the situation. According to Illarionov, more needs to be done to respond to Putin’s aggression.

In his opinion, military options need to be on the table to defend the countries that Putin has in his sights. Whether or not they are NATO countries it is imperative, as Illarionov states, to collectively defend against Putin.

What Vladimir Putin wants, Vladimir Putin seems to get lately, and whether or not his aim is Finland, people ought to take notice. With the West sitting back and watching, perhaps it is time to change the trend.

By Brett Byers-Lane

IB Times

13 Responses to "Vladimir Putin Wants Finland"

  1. Antti   November 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I do not think Russia will ever attack Finland Until Finland territory is not being used against Russia.

  2. cyspid   June 9, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Since when exactly did Finland become a part of Scandinavia?

    A Scandinavian

    • tbayfinn   August 31, 2014 at 5:23 am

      LOL Scandinavia is a region consisting of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, not just the peninsula marked in your map.

      • cyspid   August 31, 2014 at 5:51 am

        Nope, makes no sense. Fins are not Scandinavians, they are a completely different people with another language and appearence. Scandinavians is one ethnicity consisting of Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and Icelandic people.

        • Jyrki   August 31, 2014 at 10:04 am

          You are partly right. I’m from Finland and know what you mean but there is no other word in English. Fennoscandic or northern countries is also wrong. Finland was still part of Sweden 700 hundred years and actually Swedish was only official language until 1919 Finnish language get equal status.
          There is some cultural differences, but still Swedish culture is nearest. Genetically Finnish people game from Holland, Sweden and in north there is also part of Lappish.

          Med vänlig hälsning Jyrki

  3. Richard W   April 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    What a crock. This is amazing fear mongering. Andrej Illarionov works for the CATO institute, founded by Charles Koch, and is notoriously anti Russian. It’s Andrej’s job, literally, to say crap like this.

  4. Tim   March 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Putin is the world’s most prolific gangster stealing public money from millions of Russians. Of course he want to take other things that don’t belong to him. He would do well to remember what happened when Stalin tried to annex Finland…

  5. Michael Schultheiss   March 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Given Stalin’s signature failure in the Winter War, wherein he pulled off a Pyrrhic victory of sorts after suffering considerable losses, the idea that Putin would be able to do any better seems ludicrous. Besides, if Russia did attack Finland, the US and NATO would intervene.

    • TrueGentleman   April 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Actually it was a defensive victory for Finland

      • Michael Schultheiss   April 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

        I stand corrected. I thought it was *technically* a Soviet victory because the Soviets managed to take some territory from Finland, but thank you for the correction.

        • TrueGentleman   April 4, 2014 at 12:13 am

          The Finnish main objective was to hold sovereiginity by all means, Finns managed to hold on long enough for the Soviets to cease operations.
          The terrority was ceased to the Soviet Union politically, not militarily.

  6. stefanthedenier   March 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    this post is sick western propaganda; Putin is taking what is ”Russian”, NOT what was Soviet!!!

    • Brett Byers-Lane   March 30, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Read carefully. It says Soviet or Russian throughout.

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