Finnish Border Guard boats patrol the waters near Helsinki, April 28, 2015. The Finnish military fired on Tuesday handheld underwater depth charges as a warning against a suspected submarine in waters near Helsinki, an incident that comes amid growing military tensions with neighbouring Russia.REUTERS/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Felicity Capon, Newsweek: Finnish military preparing 900,000 reservists for 'crisis situation'

The Finnish Defence Forces are to send letters to all 900,000 of the country's reservists at the beginning of this month, informing them what their role would be in a "crisis situation", causing a row over whether such a move is necessary.

Finland, with its population of 5.2 million, has a small professional army of 16,000. Yet in the event of mobilisation, Finland could call on its former conscripts to fight. Finland's wartime military strength is 230,000.

According to local media reports, the decision was announced via a television advert, telling the nation's reservists "We want to have a word with you", and warning former conscripts that "Conscription is the cornerstone of Finland's defence capability."

WNU Editor: I do not see any possibility of a Russian - Finnish war .... but I guess the Finns have decided that it is best to prepare for the worse.

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