Deputy Foreign Minister said – it will be necessary to answer, will take action
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told state news agency Interfax that if NATO brings nuclear weapons close to the Russian border and develops infrastructure, it will be necessary to respond … by taking adequate precautionary measures that will ensure the feasibility of the deterrent. He also said that Moscow has no hostile intentions towards Finland and Sweden. In such a situation, there is no real reason why these two countries should join the NATO alliance. He also reiterated the Kremlin’s earlier statement that Moscow’s response to a possible expansion of NATO will depend on how close the coalition moves military assets toward Russia and what infrastructure it deploys.
Finland has announced to join NATO
Finland on Thursday announced its intention to apply for NATO membership. Soon after, Sweden also said that it too can become a part of this alliance. The President and Prime Minister of Finland have announced that the country supports the application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This announcement by the country’s President Souli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin means that Finland has now fully made up its mind to join NATO. But, some action is yet to be taken before the commencement of the application process.
Sweden also started creating atmosphere by releasing the report.
The Swedish government’s report, which focused on the challenges facing the Nordic countries in the changed security environment following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, said Moscow would react negatively to Sweden’s joining NATO and could take a number of retaliatory measures. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersen’s cabinet will decide whether the country will join NATO, it will be decided by the Swedish government’s report analyzing security policy. The government submitted this report to the MPs on Friday.
Swedish government showing fear of Russian attack
The report enumerated several benefits of joining NATO, under which joint forces of 30 member countries would provide collective security. But it also said Russia could use a variety of tactics in response, including hybrid and cyberattacks and breaches of Sweden’s air and sea borders. According to the report, Moscow may also make strategic deployment of nuclear weapons. The report said that while Russia’s ongoing offensive against Ukraine is less likely to attack other countries, Russia still has the ability to take a limited number of hostile actions against countries such as Sweden.