The Ministry of Defense of Finland intends to start deploying rapid reaction units (RRU) along the border with Russia, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Defense News.
Jussi Niinistö, the Minister of Defense of the country, explained such a measure by increasing regional tensions in the context of the Ukrainian conflict.
“The focus of deployment for the RRUs, which constitute a new feature within Finland’s territorial-based, infantry-centered defense strategy, will be military districts close to Finland’s 833-mile border with Russia.”
Currently, there is being discussed the possibility of increasing recruitment into the armed forces, as well as the budget of the military forces.
The Armed Forces of Finland are recruited according to the principle of universal conscription and contract. The Finnish armed forces has a standing strength of 12,000 troops. However, if necessary, in one to four weeks the recruiting centers can mobilize up to 230 thousand soldiers.