Finland is reinforcing defenses against Russia


A US Infantry Bradley armoured vehicle is used in the Saber Strike-15 military exercise at the Drawsko pomorskie military range in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, 19 June 2015. The Saber Strike programme facilitates cooperation between Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, the United States and participating nations from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Portugal and Slovenia to improve joint operational capabilities in a variety of missions, and prepares the participating nations and units to support multinational contingency operations around the world.

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On Monday, the Finnish Armed Forces announced they were adding quick infantry response units to bolster the country’s defense following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Finland will be increasing its defense budget and broadening the scope of its reservist recruitment and training.

These units will be made up from career officers and soldiers, as well as troops drawn from Special Forces units, retrained reservists and conscripts. The objective of these infantry units will be to rapi...

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