British tanks have joined NATO war game in Finland and the Defence Secretary has warned Vladimir Putin there will be war if Moscow attacks any Scandinavian states.
Sweden and Finland are set to join NATO within weeks and the Kremlin has now upped their threat of aggression to the two countries who share a 800 mile border with Russia.
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The war games called Exercise Arrow has British Challenger 2 tanks and troops from the Queen’s Royal Hussars training alongside Finnish Armoured Brigade and American, Latvian and Estonian allies.
The British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned that is “inconceivable” that the UK would not “support” the Scandinavian states who are being threatened by Moscow.
Wallace was with his Finnish counterpart Antti Kaikkonen on a visit to Finland to see UK troops take part in military exercises.
Wallace stressed that alliances between European countries “make us safer” and it is “entirely for the freedom of Finland to choose” if they want to become a NATO member.
Wallace told reporters, “Do I think if Finland didn’t join NATO Britain wouldn’t come along to help? No.
“Britain will always be here in the Nordics, to be part of you, to help you, to support you.
“It is inconceivable that Britain would not come to the support of Finland, or Sweden, if it was ever attacked, without any big formal agreement.
“We are European countries who share the same values, who have deep, long histories.
“A significant number of the British population seem to be descended from Vikings anyhow, so we have that cultural link.
“I cannot conceive a time when we wouldn’t come to support Finland and Sweden no matter where they were with the NATO debate or where they are with agreements.”
Vladimir Dzhabarov recently warned Finland that a formal application to join NATO will mean “the destruction of the country.”
Another Kremlin spokesman Alexander Grushko threatened Finland with “the most undesirable consequences.”