After NATO’s decision to accept Finland and Sweden, the Russian President threatened the countries. If they put NATO infrastructure in place, they will react accordingly.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia had “no problems” with Finland and Sweden’s planned NATO membership, according to Russian agency Interfax. He emphasized:
However, Putin warned Sweden and Finland not to deploy NATO troops and the alliance’s military infrastructure on their territory. Putin said that if Northern European countries decide to take such a step, Russia will react accordingly. His country “will create the same threats to lands that pose a threat to us.”
Finland and Sweden’s participation was officially launched at the NATO summit on Wednesday.
Putin also accused NATO of “imperial ambitions”. The president told reporters in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat that the military alliance is trying to assert its “superiority” through the Ukrainian conflict.
But Putin added that Russia would have to respond in kind if “troops and military infrastructure were deployed” in the provinces. Finland and Sweden’s participation was officially launched at the NATO summit on Wednesday.
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