Finland to Increase Troop Numbers

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    Finland to ramp up troop levels amid heightened Russian tensions

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    Worried about increasing East-West tensions in the Baltic Sea, Finland announced plans on Thursday to increase its wartime troops by 20 percent, from 230,000 to 280,000.

    Finland - which is not a NATO member but has compulsory military service - cut its army down from 350,000 troops to 230,000 in 2012.

    The troop boost will "improve the capability to defend the entire territory of the country," the government wrote in a defense report. Finland shares a 1,340 kilometer (830 mile) border with Russia.

    "Russia aims to strengthen its great-power status, and it has expressed the goal of a sphere-of-influence based security regime," the report said.

    The Nordic country also plans to replace its aging naval fleet and its 62 Hornet fighter jets during the next decade.

    Continued: http://www.dw.com/en/finland-to-ramp-up-troop-levels-amid-heightened-russian-tensions/a-37592578

    Looks like Finland is trying to avoid being "Finnished" off in the coming war with Russia.
     
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