Plain and simple, Finns despise Russia. They have centuries full of reasons to hate Russia. I will merely focus on the 20th century. In 1939 Russia invaded Finland in what is now known as The Winter War. Stalin thought Finland would be easy pickings. Russia far outmanned and far out equipped Finland. The Finns fought back brilliantly and drove Russia out of the country. Russia regrouped and reinvaded. This time they beat back the Finns. Eventually the countries agreed to a treaty. Many historians believe that the humiliation of the Russian Army gave Hitler the inspiration to invade Russia. I am willing to bet that there is not a single Finn above age five who does not know this history.
I recently had a conversation with a young man I know who has traveled to Finnland several times for business. He confirmed that every Finn he has met despises Russia. He told me that several Finns told him that they would never set foot on Russian soil.
The fact that Putin is meeting The Dotard in Finland is a huge slap in the face to Finland. More importantly it sends a message to Finland that the big bear is back and dangerous.
It also sends a message to Estonia, which lies across the Gulf Of Finland from Finland. Estonians also have centuries of reasons to despise Russia. Again I will write only about the 20th century. After World War II Russia controlled Estonia. Stalin undertook a program to Russify Estonia. Hundreds of thousands of Russians moved to Estonia. Over three decades the percentage of native Estonians dropped from about 90% to about 60%. There remains a huge number of Russian speakers in Estonia. Does this sound familiar. Think Crimea I guarantee Putin does. So do the Estonians. Estonians as well as Latvians and Lithuanians are frightened to death of another Russian invasion. Their first line of defense is NATO. And Chump trashed that.
Having the meeting in Finland is hugely symbolic. It is a safe bet that the Dotard had no idea of the symbolism, but his advisers certainly did. Did they advise him. Did he wittingly give Putin this gift? I have suggested on other occasions that the Dotard may have committed treason. Here is another prime example.
Again, thanks for listening.