Deputy Foreign Minister Grushko: the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO will not go unanswered According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grushko, Russia's response will depend on what infrastructure NATO deploys in Finland and Sweden
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If Finland and Sweden join NATO, Russia will not decide on its response actions on emotions, it will depend on the infrastructure of the alliance in these countries, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko.
“It is clear that this change cannot remain without a political reaction, and also without a very precise analysis of the consequences of the composition of the forces that may be formed as a result of the next entry into the alliance. It is clear that the decision will not be made on emotions, it will be a thorough and verified analysis of all the factors that are characteristic of the security situation in this industry, — said Grushko (quote from RIA Novosti).
The Deputy Foreign Minister believes that it is too early to talk about the possibility of deploying Russian early nuclear forces in the Baltic region. However, if NATO decides to bring its nuclear forces and infrastructure closer to the borders, Moscow will need to take adequate precautions, Grushko added.
Finland and Sweden are still partner states of the North Atlantic Alliance, however, after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, they again started talking about the possibility of joining the alliance
The Swedish newspaper Expressen, citing its government sources, wrote that Stockholm could apply on Monday, May 16. On May 13, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekko Haavisto said that the country would apply to NATO in the middle of next week, if parliament approves it.
The Kremlin regards Finland's desire to become a NATO member as an unconditional threat. Dmitry Polyansky, Russia's first deputy representative to the UN, said that Helsinki and Stockholm could become a “target” if alliance troops appear on their territory. In addition, if Finland and Sweden join the alliance, Russia will have to seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces on its borders with NATO countries and deploy naval forces in the Gulf of Finland, said Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev.
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