This will happen if NATO troops appear on the territory of these countries after they join the bloc, said the first deputy representative of Russia to the UN. According to him, NATO membership “would be the worst solution for them, but not for Russia”
Sweden and Finland, who want to join NATO, could become Russia's target if NATO troops appear on the territory of these countries, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, said in an interview with the British online magazine UnHerd.
“They know that as soon as they become members of NATO, this will require certain mirror steps from the Russian side,” — he said. “If there are NATO units in these territories, these territories will become the target— or possible target— for hit»,— the diplomat added.
Polyansky called NATO an “unfriendly bloc”; and “enemy”. Finland and Sweden, becoming part of it, must take all the risks. “They lived with us normally, like good neighbors, for decades; if they suddenly decide to become part of this hostile bloc— it's their business, — he noted.
At the same time, the first deputy representative of Russia to the UN does not believe that the accession of these countries to NATO will be a blow to Russia's security. According to him, “this will be the worst decision for them, but not for Russia”, which is ready to confront threats from the alliance and has taken the necessary precautions for this.
Previously 12 May Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the need to immediately apply for the country's accession to NATO.
Sweden, according to the newspaper Expressen, is going to do it on May 16th. Helsingin Sanomat reported that Finland and Sweden plan to submit applications at the same time, which will indicate agreement between the two countries and the desire to protect each other. Niinistö is scheduled to visit Sweden on May 17.
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Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the desire of Helsinki to become a member of the alliance, he said that the Kremlin regards this as a threat. According to him, Moscow's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” will be expressed; and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.
Now Sweden and Finland have the status of states— NATO partners. 30 countries are members of the bloc, including Denmark and Norway.
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