Whilst providing NATO members the best reason to not let them join. It's a very fucked up situation, Eastern European countries just can't catch a break.
On another note, the Russian plan was to provoke a coup as soon as yesterday and more or less calm the waters in their favor, but if that didn't happen, is indeed thanks to the stiff resistance.
Finland and Sweden aren't Eastern European countries. And both were invited to NATO summit, talk is they could be offering a quicker road to join.
It'll be interesting to see what we decide. It has been a debate here for a long time and I'm starting to lean towards joining. So far a big reason we haven't has been the hope Russia would leave us alone if we didn't.
From my understanding, the previous NATO chair already concluded that Finland meet all the qualifications, and can supposedly join overnight.
I imagine that still stands, and that this was set up precisely for situations like this. So that Russia can't do what they did to Ukraine and attack before the NATO application can be processed.
I imagine Sweden has a similar agreement with NATO. A few years back during Wikileaks, it was reported that Sweden was a 'secret member of NATO'.
The reason Finland and Sweden did not formally join NATO must have been to not provoke an attack by Russia.
There's also the EU resolution that reads:
"if an EU country is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other EU countries have an obligation to aid and assist it by all the means in their power"
Glossary of summaries - EUR-Lex (europa.eu)
U.K. unfortunately left the EU, but if Russia is having this much problem with isolated Ukraine who were ill prepared, then I doubt Russia can do shit against EU, outside of launching nukes.