helsinki - In connection with the tensions in the regions bordering the Baltic Sea and an increased threat from Russia wants the Government of Finland strengthen the armed forces by 50,000 soldiers. The Finnish military has access to 230,000 men. To increase preparedness, additional yearly budget also 55 million next year.
After the Russian annexation of the Crimea and the conflict has worsened the security situation for Finland in the east of Ukraine, the government says. Russia is working hard on his 'status as a superpower' to settle. 'Russia seeks to challenge the ability of NATO to defend the Baltic States and Eastern Europe, there might ignite a military crisis. '
Finland is not a member of NATO, but the cooperation with the United States stepped up security. It will also intensify work with other Scandinavian countries.