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Finland has sent letters to nearly a million reservists to collect their contact details and remind them of their duties in case of combat, a defence ministry spokesman said.
The letter tells reservists which regiment or unit to join in the event of war, he told the BBC.
He insisted that the correspondence was not related to Russia's annexation of Crimea or recent fighting in Ukraine.
However, neutral Finland has increased co-operation with Nato this year.
In April the Finnish navy dropped depth charges in waters near Helsinki as a warning to a suspected submarine, which some media reports said was Russian.
originally posted by: aboutface
a reply to: stumason
Well so much for their carefree weekend. I always thought Finland remained a close ally of Russia's too, although they may have been feeling a trifle isolated from Europe as a result. With all the back and forth going on between NATO and Russia, how can anyone feel safe? They do have memories of a horrible time in the 1940s to add to their anxiety. I'm thinking that this is a tactic to show their population that they're being cautious perhaps?
originally posted by: rickymouse
Finland was always sucked into wars. That's why my grandfather left there, Finland was a ping pong ball, getting tossed back and forth.