Putin said that Russia has no problems with Sweden and Finland in NATO

President Putin: Russia will respond in a mirror image to the response to the contingents in Sweden and Finland Sweden and Finland received an invitation to join NATO on June 29th. Putin said that Moscow is not concerned about the possible entry of countries into NATO, but warned them against deploying military contingents and infrastructure of the bloc

Russia is not concerned about the possible entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, but will mirror the deployment of the alliance's military infrastructure in these countries, President Vladimir Putin said following the results of the sixth Caspian summit.

“We have nothing to worry about in terms of Finland and Sweden's membership in NATO. They want to [join NATO]— please. Only they should clearly and clearly imagine that before there were no threats to them, and now, if military contingents and infrastructure are deployed there, we will have to respond in a mirror manner and create the same threats for the territories from which threats are created to us, — said the head of state (TASS quote).

At the same time, the President stressed that the call of Western countries to Ukraine to refuse negotiations with Russia confirms that everything is being done to achieve the imperial ambitions of the united West. “This is a means to protect their own interests. That is, through the hands of the Ukrainians, the Ukrainian people, NATO members and the leading NATO countries simply want to further assert themselves, assert their role in the world, confirm not their leadership, but their hegemonism in the truest sense of the word, their imperial ambitions, — he explained.

Sweden and Finland decided to join NATO in May amid the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine. On May 18, they submitted their applications to the bloc's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

NATO officially invited Sweden and Finland to join the alliance on June 29, following the results of the summit in Madrid. “The accession of Finland and Sweden will make them more secure, NATO— stronger, and the Euro-Atlantic region— safer. The security of Finland and Sweden is of paramount importance to the North Atlantic Alliance, including during the accession process,— said in the block statement.

For a long time, Turkey opposed the membership of Sweden and Finland, which demanded from them the extradition of members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), whom it considers terrorists, the closure of all organizations associated with the PKK, and the provision of guarantees. The parties were negotiating and on June 28, the Office of the Finnish President reported that the differences had been settled and Ankara would support the applications of the two countries.

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As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, the upcoming entry of Finland and Sweden will send a signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the doors of the alliance remain open and now he will “get more NATO at the Russian borders”, although he sought the opposite. According to the NATO official, the membership of Finland and Sweden “will change the whole situation in the Baltic region” because they will “cover up” Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia and will allow to strengthen the presence of the bloc.

Putin has previously warned that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO could aggravate the already “difficult situation in the field of international security.” Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, said that Sweden and Finland, who want to join NATO, could become Russia's target if alliance troops appear on the territory of these countries. “They know that as soon as they become members of NATO, this will require certain mirror steps from the Russian side,” — he said, calling NATO “an unfriendly bloc”; and “enemy”.

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Vladimir Putin

politician, President of Russia

October 7, 1952

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