The Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation warned on Friday that the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO would have implications for these countries and European security. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Jaharova’s comments came after Medvedev on Thursday threatened NATO that Russia should strengthen its security, including the deployment of nuclear weapons in the region and the resumption of military operations in the Baltic region, if the two countries join the military. Balance.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zharova said in a statement that “these countries need to understand the implications of such a move for our bilateral relations and for the overall European security structure.” “Being a NATO member does not strengthen their national security. In practice (Finland and Sweden) will be at the forefront of NATO,” Zharova added.
Helsinki and Stockholm are considering joining NATO in retaliation for Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine.
Medvedev: There is no room for talk of a nuclear-free Baltic state
On Thursday, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Federation’s Security Council and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, warned NATO that Russia should strengthen its security if Sweden and Finland join the military. Region. , To restore military balance, including the deployment of nuclear weapons in the Baltic region.
He openly referred to the nuclear threat, which could no longer be a “nuclear-free” Baltic region, where Agerpres, a Russian slave town located between Poland and Lithuania, located in Kaliningrad.
Finland, which has a 1,300-kilometer border with Russia, and Sweden are considering whether to join NATO. Finnish Prime Minister Channa Marin announced on Wednesday that Finland would make a decision in the next few weeks.
Sweden has not ruled out the possibility of joining NATO, but it appears to be more restricted than Finland.
Russia views NATO as an existential threat, and its attack on Ukraine was justified by the Kremlin with Kiev’s Atlantic ambitions and Western political and military support for Russia’s neighbor.
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