İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-Finland plans to block foreigners from buying houses near military sites regarding amid claims as Russians were acquiring land to accommodate troops in the event of a potential invasion.
Suna Kymäläisen from the Finnish Ministry of Defense said some property transactions by non-residents would be cancelled because of national security concerns. She said "It may be necessary to block some real estate transactions entered into by foreigners if the purchased property is located near strategic facilities”.
Also, in a recently revealed report of Finnish intelligence agency, Supo (Suojelupoliisi), government is warned that there was a risk of real estate purchases of foreigners, as they might cut transport links or use houses for military aims.
Moreover, in the eve of the 100th anniversary of their independence from Russia, Finnish government says it is becoming increasingly concerned about a campaign of destabilizing propaganda attacks. Finnish officials asserted that state-controlled media such as Sputnik and Russia Today, was designed to question the validity of Finland’s independence.
Furthermore, there is a tacit disagreement between two neighbors in joining NATO. It is understandable why Finland hesitate to join the organization as not to raise tensions with the ‘bear’ more.
It is significant to highlight that in the last year, Russia moved nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad on the border with Poland and Lithuania and reciprocally, USA moved its missiles and deployed solders to Eastern Europe.