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Sanna Marin, Finnish PM, says Europe is not strong enough to resist Russia alone in response to the war in Ukraine

The leader of the pending NATO member stated that Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and occupation has exposed European weaknesses as well as strategic blunders when dealing with Russia.

On Friday, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marina offered a brutally honest assessment of Europe’s capabilities following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She stated bluntly that “we are not strong enough” to resist Moscow.

The leader of the pending NATO member stated that Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and occupation has exposed European weaknesses as well as strategic blunders when dealing with Russia.

“I have to be brutally honest and very truthful with you. Europe isn’t strong enough at the moment. She told Sydney’s Lowy Institute that without the United States, we would be in serious trouble.

Marin said Ukraine should be allowed to win the war “whatever it takes”. He also stated that the United States was crucial in providing Kyiv with weapons, financial aid, and humanitarian assistance to stop Russia’s advance.

She stated that “We must make sure that we are also building these capabilities when it comes to European defense, the European defense industry, and being able to cope with different types of situations.”

Finland gained independence from Russia nearly 105 years ago. It suffered heavy casualties against the Soviet army shortly after, despite being heavily outgunned.

Finnish leader, 37 years old, decried European Union policies that had stressed the importance of engagement with Putin. He also said that the bloc should have listened to member states who were part Soviet Union until its collapse.

Estonia and Poland joined the European Union in 2004. They have been pushing their fellow EU members to be tougher on Putin. This was a position tempered by France and Germany, Italy, Greece, and others who favor closer economic ties.

Marin stated, “We should have listened much sooner to our Baltic- and Polish friends.”

“For a long time, Europe had been building a strategy toward Russia to close our economic ties and to buy energy from Russia… We thought this would prevent war.”

Marin stated that Marin was not in favor of this approach.

They don’t care much about economic ties, they don’t even care about sanctions. They don’t care at all about that.”

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