In a last-minute development reported by AFP, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not see Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO as a threat, but that the deployment of military infrastructure there could trigger a response from Moscow. The decision from Sweden on the developments was evaluated as a ‘jet response’ to Putin.
The world’s agenda is Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership…
As the two countries took their first steps to become members of the alliance, the expected statement from Russian President Putin came.
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Speaking at a televised summit meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Moscow, Putin said Russia did not see Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO as a threat, but that deploying military infrastructure there could trigger a response from Moscow.
Following the developments, the breaking news from Sweden led to all eyes turning to the Baltic geography again.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and the leader of the main opposition party, Ulf Kristersson, announced at a joint press conference that they had decided to apply to NATO.
KREMLIN: WE FOLLOW THE PROCESS CLOSELY
Kremlin Spokesman Peskov stated that Moscow is closely following the process and said;
“We don’t think that Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO will strengthen Europe’s security and improve the situation. Or rather, this does not convince us. This is a serious issue that worries us. We are closely examining the threats to our security posed by Finland and Sweden joining NATO.”
Emphasizing that Ukraine can also become a member of NATO, but there are disagreements between Russia and Ukraine over territorial division, Peskov said, “We do not have a territorial dispute with Finland and Sweden. Ukraine can join NATO, but in this case there may be a territorial sharing problem with a state that has joined the alliance.”