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A Finnish political analyst said that Finland would have the obligation to come to Estonia's aid if its smaller neighbour were attacked, even though Finland is not a NATO member and is not obligated by the organization's Article Five collective defence clause.
Finnish analyst: Although not bound by Article Five, Finland would have to fight if Estonia is attacked
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Charly Salonius-Pasternak, senior research fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, said Finland is in a current mode - futile, he said - to convince itself that it would be able to remain out of a potential conflict in the Baltic Sea region.

"Actually, the EU's Lisbon Treaty alone compels Finland to, say, militarily aid Estonia if the latter is attacked. Thus there should be discussion about whether Finland is ready to take part openly in NATO collective defence exercises," he wrote.

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