"Another Grave Mistake": Russia On Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

"Another Grave Mistake": Russia On Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

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May 16, 2022

Russia warned Monday that decisions by Finland and Sweden to join the NATO military alliance were serious mistakes and Moscow would take measures.

New Delhi, 16 May 2022

"This is another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters. "The general level of military tensions will increase," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. He added, "It is a pity that common sense is being sacrificed for some phantom ideas about what should be done in the current situation." Ryabkov said the two countries' security would not strengthen as a result of the move and that Moscow would take measures. "They should have no illusions that we will just put up with this," he said. Finland and Sweden are poised to jettison decades of military non-alignment to join NATO as a defence against feared aggression from Russia. Moscow has warned Finland, with which it shares a 1,300 kilometre (800 mile) border, that it would take "reciprocal steps". Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday about the country's application for NATO membership.

Source -NDTV


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