The country's leadership urged to apply for its membership in NATO as soon as possible. Russia will take retaliatory measures to “stop” the emerging threats to its security, the Foreign Ministry said 756523575673098.jpg” alt=”The Foreign Ministry promised “military-technical” measures when Finland joins NATO” />
Russia will take retaliatory steps, including military-technical ones, if Finland joins NATO , the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. This is how the Foreign Ministry reacted to a joint statement by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who called for an application for membership in the alliance “immediately”.
“The accession of Finland to NATO will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations, maintaining stability and security in the Northern European region. Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to stop the threats to its national security that arise in this regard, — says the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The statement of the Finnish leadership was called “a radical change in the country's foreign policy”, and the desire to join NATO — violation of its international legal obligations. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered that NATO was “assertive” urged Helsinki to join the alliance in order to “continue to expand towards the borders of Russia, create another flank for a military threat to our country.”
“We will respond according to the situation,”— concluded at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In their statement, Niinistö and Marin explained that NATO membership would enhance Finland's security, as well as strengthen the alliance itself. “We hope that the steps at the national level necessary to implement this decision will be quickly taken in the coming days,” they said.
After this message, the Kremlin said that Russia considers Finland's decision to apply for membership in NATO as a threat. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, this does not make the continent more stable and secure.
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Russia has previously criticized Helsinki's intention to join NATO, warning that it would exacerbate the situation in the region. In mid-April, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that in such a case, the land border would more than double as an alliance and would have to be “strengthened.” “Seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense, deploy substantial naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland,” he explained.
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