The possible accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO will entail a political reaction from Moscow. But the decision will not be made on emotions, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on May 14.
“It is clear that this change cannot remain without a political reaction, as well as without a very thorough analysis of the consequences of the new configuration of forces that may be formed as a result of the next expansion of the alliance. It is clear that the decision will not be made on emotions, it will be a thorough and verified analysis of all the factors that affect the security situation in this region,” he told reporters (quoted from RIA News).
Also, according to the diplomat, Russia “does not have hostile intentions towards Finland and Sweden”, but their accession to the North Atlantic Alliance “will lead to the militarization of the north.” At the same time, Grushko believes, it is too early to talk about Russia’s deployment of nuclear weapons in the Baltic region.
These words of Grushko have already been commented on by the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who recalled the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile.
“Russia has no hostile intentions towards Finland and Sweden,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. “Sarmat” also has no prejudice and hostile intentions towards NATO countries. It’s just a job,” wrote he is in his telegram channel.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said earlier that intends to call Vladimir Putin and explain his position on NATO membership.