Russia is threatening measures if Finland and Sweden join NATO

If Sweden and Finland join NATO, Russia will be forced to take action. This was said on Thursday by the Deputy President of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, various news agencies report. With the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO, Russia will, Medvedev believes, “restore” the “balance” of the international order. A possible zone without nuclear weapons in the Baltic region, which experts have mentioned for years as a possible way to reduce the risk of nuclear war between NATO and Russia, is no longer possible, Medvedev believes.

Medvedev is reacting to the intentions of Sweden and Finland. The prime ministers of both countries announced on Wednesday that they would soon decide whether to join the Western military alliance. The immediate reason for this is that they feel threatened by Russia. There is Europe before February 24 and there is Europe after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the leaders of both countries said. The border between Russia and Finland is about 1300 kilometers. Since the creation of NATO after World War II, Sweden and Finland have remained outside the alliance with neutral status.

On Thursday, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte responded quickly to Medvedev’s statements. Simonyte called his allusions to the deployment of nuclear weapons around the Baltic states “nothing new” and, according to Reuters, pointed to Russian nuclear weapons that have been stored 100 kilometers from the Lithuanian border for years. The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is a “militarized area” in the Baltic region, the Lithuanian prime minister said.

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