Russia threatens Finland and Sweden in case of NATO membership

On Friday the Finnish president and the Swedish premier attended the NATO summit: Moscow spoke of the need for Helsinki to remain neutral to maintain stability and security. And Stockholm reiterates: Sweden to decide its own security policy

BRUSSELS – The Russia seeks a new battleground with the West by threatening the Finland and the Sweden Of serious political-military consequences should you decide to join the Born.

Helsinki has lowered the tone of the clash by saying it does not see a new military threat and Stockholm has reaffirmed its sovereignty. It all started on Friday with one statement by the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova: We see Finland’s path to maintaining military non-alignment policy as an important factor contributing to stability and security in Northern Europe and the European continent as a whole, he said adding that we cannot fail to see consistent efforts. NATO and some of its members, primarily the United States, to drag Finland and Sweden into the alliance.

Helsinki and Stockholm are not members of the Atlantic Alliance, but as Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg defined them, they are NATO’s closest partners.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told the Finnish media, according to the PA, that he did not see in the Moscow declaration a military threat to Finland but Russia’s countermeasures in the event of Helsinki joining the Atlantic Alliance.

And to have caught a similarity with the tones used by the Russian president Vladimir Putin already in 2016 during his visit to Finland. On Saturday, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto repeated the same position in an interview with Finnish public broadcaster Yle, as reported by the PA: We do not think this is a military threat – he said -. If Finland were to be NATO’s external border, it rather means that Russia would certainly take this into account in its defense planning. I don’t see anything new as such.

On Friday, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson replied to Moscow’s claims with a joint press conference with Sweden’s military commander Micael Byden: I want to be extremely clear – said the premier -. Sweden, which independently decides our security policy line.

Also on Friday, the Finnish president and the Swedish premier participated in the NATO summit, organized in virtual form: We have been joined by our close partners, Sweden, Finland and the EU – said the president of the United States Joe Biden -. President Putin has failed in his goal of dividing the West.

Not the first time that Helsinki and Stockholm participate in NATO meetings, there is a relationship of close collaboration. On 24 January, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde and the Finnish Foreign Minister met with Secretary General Stoltenberg due to the worsening of the Ukrainian crisis. On that occasion, Haavisto recalled that Finland is a democratic country and our decisions are based on the opinion of the people and political parties. The majority was not in favor of joining NATO, but for close collaboration with NATO.

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