The local foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zagarova, said in a comment published Friday on the website of the diplomatic corps in Moscow that the transatlantic alliance thus seeks to “continue its geographical expansion and create another wing to threaten Russia.”
“What is not clear is what deserves our Baltic neighbors Finland and Sweden to become a new line of confrontation between NATO and Russia. He stressed that the negative consequences for peace and stability in Northern Europe are clear.”
In Zagarova’s opinion, both countries “will automatically find themselves on the front line of NATO”, so they will not be able to strengthen their national security and “they will, in fact, have to give up part of their sovereignty, for time to make decisions in defense and foreign policy.
He warned that in the event of joining that military bloc, Helsinki and Stockholm will have to bear the consequences of this step on bilateral relations with Moscow and the whole European security structure, which he said has sunk into a crisis today.
According to the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the integration of these Scandinavian countries into NATO would nullify their leadership role as promoters of constructive initiatives and cohesion on the international scene.
The decision to abandon the policy of neutrality and the interest of Sweden and Finland to join NATO gained strength as a result of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which began on February 24.
The deputy head of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, said yesterday that the country will have to strengthen its western borders if the two countries enter the Euro-Atlantic bloc.
“In this case we will not be able to talk about the non-nuclear status of the Baltic Sea: the balance must be restored. So far, Russia has not taken these measures and has no intention of doing so. “
He explained that if Stockholm and Helsinki join NATO, the length of the alliance’s land borders with Russia will more than double. “It is natural that these borders are reinforced,” he stressed.
Medvedev noted that the governments of Sweden and Finland are now discussing the possibility of joining the alliance “very seriously”, while NATO itself is “ready to accept them”, in his words, “in the shortest possible time and with minimal formalities.” bureaucracy.”
Faced with such a situation, Moscow should act “without emotions and calmly,” as the former Russian president advised.
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