Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko answered a question from journalists about Russia’s deployment of nuclear weapons in the Baltic region if Finland and Sweden join NATO. According to him, it is too early to talk about such actions.
At the same time, he added that if the Alliance implements statements about the possibility of moving nuclear weapons closer to Russian borders, it will be necessary to respond by taking adequate precautions that will ensure a credible deterrence, writes RIA Novosti.
“NATO undertook obligations under the fundamental act not to change the nuclear policy and not to change the alignment of nuclear forces. And until recently it adhered to this,” Grushko said and added that now there are more and more statements about the Alliance’s plans to abandon such a measure.
As an example, Grushko cited the words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who had previously stated that weapons could be transferred closer to Russian borders, as well as statements by the Polish authorities about their readiness to accept nuclear weapons.
Earlier it was reported that the leadership of NATO allows expansion of its presence on the coast of the Baltic Sea and in the territories adjacent to Sweden even before the final decision on the issue of the state’s membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. This step may be taken to ensure the security of Sweden in the process of considering its application to join NATO.
At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated about Russia’s unwillingness to fight in EuropeHowever, it is the Western countries that regularly say that Moscow “needs to be defeated.”