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Finland & Sweden announce intent to join NATO; Russia responds

Finland & Sweden edge closer to joining NATO. Putin: Scandinavian countries’ NATO stance “no direct threat” to Russia.

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Finland and Sweden have announced their intention to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), signaling a historic policy shift – one which was reportedly influenced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that while the two nations’ NATO membership would be “no direct threat” to Russia, the territories’ military infrastructure expansion would “certainly provoke” a response from Moscow.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, has criticized Finland and Sweden’s decision, stating, “This is another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences… The general level of military tensions will increase.”
All 30 NATO members must approve any membership application to the Alliance. Several members, including the US and the UK, have welcomed and expressed support for Finland and Sweden’s decision.
However, Turkey has confirmed its opposition to NATO membership for the two Nordic nations. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Neither of the countries have a clear stance against terror organizations.”

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