Russia has threatened Sweden with “technical-military” measures, as it did last week with Finland, if the Scandinavian country joins NATO. Moscow has assured that its response will depend “to a large extent” on the “specific conditions of Sweden’s integration into the Atlantic Alliance.” That includes, she adds, “the prospects for the deployment of offensive weapons from that military bloc on Swedish territory.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that NATO enlargement to Finland and Sweden is not a problem nor does it create a threat to Russia, but if it is accompanied by the deployment of “military infrastructure in those territories, it will certainly provoke a response from us.”
Russia accuses Sweden of, if it enters the Atlantic Alliance, dealing “significant damage to the security of Northern Europe and the European continent as a whole.”
From the Russian government they have highlighted that Sweden’s neutrality has been “an important factor for maintaining stability and confidence in the Baltic Sea region” for decades.
The Swedish prime minister, the social democrat Magdalena Andersson, announced yesterday that Sweden will formally ask to join NATO, putting an end to two centuries of neutrality.