Finland and Sweden argue their intention to join a military alliance with Moscow to threaten their borders
Ryapkov promised that the decision of the two Scandinavian countries would affect stability and increase general military tensions in the region. (Photo: Reuters)
Russia on Monday called Finland and Sweden’s plans to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) a “grave mistake”.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov told Russian media that security would not be strengthened if Sweden and Finland joined a military alliance.
Ryapkov promised that the decision of the two Scandinavian countries would affect stability and increase general military tensions in the region.
The Russian ambassador added that Moscow’s response after NATO’s overall structural changes depended on firm measures to invade Sweden and Finland’s military alliance.
On Sunday, Finland confirmed that it was seeking NATO membership, ending nearly eight decades of non-alignment.
The Swedish government is expected to announce its decision on NATO membership on Monday.
After Russia’s military operation in eastern Ukraine, Finland and Sweden are arguing their willingness to join a military alliance in order to pose a threat to their borders by Moscow.
However, the Kremlin has indicated that it does not intend to advance on the border with the Scandinavian countries.
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