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'Tough bite to chew' Finland sends Putin retaliation warning as war escalation fears grow

General Timo Kivinen said Finland has prepared for decades for a Russian attack and would put up stiff resistance if it happened. He added a crucial factor is Finns would be motivated to fight.

The defence chief said: “Ukraine has been a tough bite to chew [for Russia] and so would be Finland.”

He added the Nordic country has built up a substantial arsenal.

General Kivinen said: “We have systematically developed our military defence precisely for this type of warfare that is being waged there [in Ukraine], with a massive use of firepower, armoured forces and also airforces.”

Helsinki has kept up a high level of military preparedness since World War Two.

Finland fought two wars in the 1940s against Russia with which it shares an 810-mile border.

Once non-aligned, it is now applying to join the NATO military alliance in the wake of concerns Russia could invade as it did Ukraine on February 24.

More to follow…



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