Finland, Sweden’s accession, will weaken NATO, says Greek researchers

Finland, Sweden's accession, will weaken NATO, says Greek researchers
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has dropped its objections to the two countries’ NATO accession, but many questions remain regarding the ’s enlargement plans before and after the start of the ongoing Ukraine .

, June 29 (Xinhua) – ’s and ’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be a negative development for the West, as it will eventually weaken the alliance, a Greek researcher told Xinhua here on Wednesday.

“Although Finland’s and Sweden’s concerns about can be explained, they do not prove that their accession to NATO is in NATO’s interest,” said Pelagia Karpathiotaki, a researcher and researcher in international relations at Beijing-based University of International Business and Economics. .

“These two countries will be seen by Russia as aggressive bridgeheads, which at the same time are too weak for the West to defend,” Karpathiotaki said as he commented on the outcome of the ongoing NATO summit in .

Finland, Sweden's accession, will weaken NATO, says Greek researchers
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Turkey has dropped its objections to the two countries’ NATO accession, but many questions remain regarding the alliance’s enlargement plans before and after the start of the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

In the case of Finland and Sweden, a space of instability will be created in the European security system when the accession process is completed, Karpathiotaki claimed.

The small forces in these countries would add little to the alliance’s total military force, but their accession to NATO would create major problems, she said.

“The Alliance’s interest is to avoid being trapped in areas that it could hardly defend, while a large increase in its membership would make it difficult to make decisions,” Karpathiotaki noted.

“Countries with strong anti-Russian elements will also attract the alliance to unwanted tensions with Moscow,” the researcher stressed.

Finland, Sweden's accession, will weaken NATO, says Greek researchers
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This view has also been expressed by several political and military analysts, who are clearly not pro-Russian, she added.

Under normal circumstances, NATO should consider whether the candidates can contribute to the Alliance’s collective defense, Karpathiotaki noted.

But today, NATO’s expansion is based on ideological stories rather than on power criteria, she said.

The West “had to” expand to countries that were formerly part of the or were under the Soviet sphere of influence in order to impose “Western values” and “democracy”, according to the story.

As a result, countries with minimal to negative contributions to the alliance’s collective power, and problems arise in a structure where decisions must be made unanimously, the expert stated.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the allied countries today have very different geopolitical identities and agendas compared to the old “solid” NATO from the Cold War, she explained.

For Karpathiotaki, the argument that “after we have gone to another cold war, then we must be as many as possible against Russia” is also not true.

The question is not how many states are part of NATO’s structure but what power they have, she said.

Source: sn.dk

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