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Putin affirms that the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is only a problem if it includes the deployment of weapons

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Vladimir Putin now assures that the Finland and Sweden joining NATO it is not a problem for Russia, but it warns that it will be if it includes the deployment of weapons in the territory of both Nordic countries.

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Russia has no problems with those countries. Enlargement to those countries does not create a direct threat to us,” the Russian president said during the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit.

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However, he immediately clarified that if this expansion is accompanied by the placement of “military infrastructure in those territories, without a doubt will elicit a response on our part.” “And what it will be, we will decide based on the threats that it creates for us. [la Alianza]”, has added.

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In the opinion of the Russian leader, “a problem is created out of nothing” and NATO enlargement is “artificial”since, in his opinion, “it is done in the interest of United States foreign policy“. “NATO is used as an instrument of foreign policy, essentially, of a single country, insistently, masterfully and very aggressively,” he asserted.

“All this deteriorates the already complicated international situation in the field of security“, Putin stated. “In addition to this policy of endless enlargement, the Atlantic Alliance goes beyond the marking of its geographical vocation, from the margins of the Euro-Atlantic region”, he pointed out, arguing that this enlargement would be a tool “to control the international situation from the point of view of security, influence other regions of the world not in the best way”.

Putin’s threats

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These statements by Putin come after on Saturday already warn his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistöthat Helsinki’s renunciation of neutrality to join the Atlantic Alliance would be a “wrong” decision. “Putin stressed that the renunciation of the traditional policy of military neutrality would be wrong, since there is no threat to Finland’s security,” the Kremlin reported after the telephone conversation between the two leaders.

Niinistö and the Finnish government formally approved on Sunday the application for membership of the Nordic country in NATO, which is expected to be ratified this week. Russia, for its part, threatened Helsinki on Friday with “military-technical” measures.

Moscow accuses the neighboring country of threatening the security of Europe by opening a new allied flank in the north of the continent and on Saturday cut off the electricity supply citing non-payment problems.

Before starting the invasion of Ukraine On February 24, Putin had demanded that NATO put an end to its enlargement to Eastern Europe and withdraw the military infrastructure of the countries that joined the bloc after 1997. Finnish entry would double the Russian border with the Atlantic Alliance, since Russia shares 1,300 kilometers of border with the Scandinavian country.

Source: Lasexta

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