Finland joins NATO, threatens Russia, will no longer help secure world, warns Moscow
Moscow has warned that Finland’s accession to NATO would pose a direct threat to Russia’s security and that recognition of the military alliance would prompt Russia to take steps to ensure its security. After Finnish officials on Thursday confirmed their commitment to join the US-led bloc and announced plans to file a formal application later this week.
“There is a current directive from the President to make a list of measures to strengthen our western flanks in order to strengthen NATO’s eastern flanks.” In a daily press briefing on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s border would no longer secure the world or the Eurasian continent.
He added that Russia regretted Finland’s decision to join the EU and warned that Helsinki’s attempt to join NATO would serve as a “mirror reaction”.
The statement came after Finnish leaders on Thursday pledged to join the US-led military bloc. This was stated by the President of Finland Sauli Ninistটো and the Prime Minister Sana Marin “As a member of NATO, Finland will strengthen the entire defense alliance.” Adds their country “Apply for NATO membership without delay.”
NATO claims to be a fully fledged defense agency, but Russia, which shares a 1,340 km (833-mile) land border with Finland, sees the bloc’s expansion as a threat to its national security.
Last month, former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is currently the country’s deputy chairman of the Security Council, indicated that Russia could be forced to deploy nuclear weapons in the Baltic region if Finland and Sweden become members of NATO. Save “Balance of energy.”
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