Europe As Russian bear stirs, Finland reconsiders its neutrality

The Kremlin's adventurism in Ukraine has brought a new allure for Helsinki to partner with NATO.

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Finland's tiny navy had a couple days of extreme excitement late last month, when its little coast guard cutters scoured the entrance to Helsinki Bay to catch what officials remain certain was a foreign submarine intruder. The Finnish military subsequently announced that they had located the interloper, lurking within sight of downtown Helsinki, and shooed it off with small, warning depth charges.