Russia warns of possible deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland and Sweden


“It is enough to look at the map to understand how important Allied expansion is to the security interests of the Russian Federation,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushek.

Finnish soldiers on a maneuver near Lappinaranta.
Finnish soldiers on a maneuver near Lappinaranta.AFP
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Russia Warns about possible deployment of nuclear weapons by NATO Finland You Sweden, once the two countries finally and formally joined the Atlantic Alliance. A lot of questions arise about these countries giving up their nuclear status,” he told reporters. alexander grushkoRussian Deputy Foreign Minister.

He stressed that the allied expansion also raises doubts about “negative nuclear guarantees” for both Scandinavian countries, who hope to join the western bloc at an allied summit in Madrid in June. “It is enough to look at the map to understand how important allied expansion is to the security interests of the Russian Federation,” he emphasized.

He acknowledged that, for the time being, the Atlantic Coalition has not revised its nuclear policy, but its Secretary-General, Jens StoltenbergHas said that “nuclear weapons can be placed close to the Russian border and Polish leaders have assured they are ready to receive them”.

“If these declarations are confirmed in practice, of course, we will have to react with the adoption of preventive measures that guarantee a certain disengagement,” warned the diplomat.

Moscow will react not only to the deployment of US nuclear weapons, but also to the creation of the necessary infrastructure for their use. “The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is a strategic change, This change cannot happen without political backlash and without careful analysis of the consequences of the new configuration of forces that will result from the new expansion of the coalition”, he said.

Of course, he stressed that “all factors” affecting security in the region would be analyzed and stressed that relevant decisions would not be rushed.

“Demon Russia”

Despite the current Russian military intervention in Ukraine, he considered it “impossible” to suspect hostile intentions on the part of Russia against Finland and Sweden, accusing it of attempts to “demonize” Russia from a political and military point of view.

“We can imagine how events will unfold. When the admission is formalized, NATO countries will immediately declare that the northern part is very vulnerableThat the border with Russia has increased by 1,300 km and this border should be protected, an additional team should be deployed there,” he specified.

In addition, he was confident that Finnish accession would not strengthen the military security of NATO or the neighboring country, which had always maintained a privileged relationship with the Kremlin since Soviet times.

“It is very clear to anyone with common sense that the outcome will be the exact opposite, with Finland’s military security significantly weakened,” he said.

Nor did he rule out “militarization” of the Arctic – Norway has been a member of NATO since its founding in 1949, when Moscow defended that the military component in that region should be “minimal”.

As Helsinki announced its plans to join NATO soon, Mosc warned that the adoption of “military-technical” measuresSince this decision threatens the security of Europe by opening a new allied flank in the north of the continent.

Moscow announced on Friday that it would cut electricity supply to the neighboring country from today, believed to be due to a non-payment problem. The Finnish entry would double the Russian Federation’s border with the Atlantic Alliance, as Russia shares a 1,300-kilometre border with the Scandinavian country.

Russia now has a border with the following members of the Western Bloc: Poland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in addition to a 49 km maritime border with the United States.

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