Altau said Russia’s entrenchment is both worrisome and dangerous for Russia’s neighbors, such as the Baltic countries. “The Baltics, and all other Central and Eastern European countries, were absolutely correct in sensing that perhaps one day, a revanchist Moscow would be back [after the collapse of the Soviet Union].”
Carl Haglund, Minister of Defense of Finland, said in the Helsinki Times that despite references to nuclear retaliation, the doctrine reaffirms long-standing warnings to the free world not to threaten Russia. “This changes nothing in Finland, [but] it doesn’t mean that we aren’t awake. It has become obvious over the past 12 months that the approach of Russia has become more aggressive,” Haglund said.