Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (29) that the country’s government did not see “problems” with the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
“We have no problem with Sweden and Finland As we have with UkrainePutin told a news conference in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, “If Sweden and Finland want, they can join.” That is their profession. They can join whatever they want. “
Weeks ago, Kremlin representatives said the entry of the two countries into NATO would be political and military retaliation, not establishing at what level Russia’s responses would be given.
Despite the announcement that Finland and Sweden would soften possible access, Putin also warned on Wednesday that Russia would respond if it established NATO infrastructure in the territory of two potential new members.
The president said the possibility of tensions in Moscow’s relations with Helsinki and Stockholm as a result of NATO membership could not be ruled out, according to Russian news agencies.
Putin’s comments come a day after NATO-member Turkey lifted its initial veto on Finland, and Sweden’s attempt to join the alliance after the three countries agreed to maintain mutual security.
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