The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has warned Finland and Sweden that their accession to NATO would entail “serious political-military repercussions” that would require “a response” from Russia.
This was made known by Zakharova at a press conference after both Nordic countries expressed their support for the Ukrainian government against the Russian invasion that began on Thursday and were invited to participate in the extraordinary NATO summit as observers, since they do not currently participate in the Atlantic Alliance.
Russia just threatened military consequences against Finland and Sweden.
They f***** insane. pic.twitter.com/w4BfHfYYEW
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) February 25, 2022
“Finland and Sweden should not base their own security on harming the security of other countries,” Zakharova said in comments reported by Newsweek.
“It is clear that the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, which is first and foremost a military alliance, would have serious politico-military repercussions that would require a response from our country,” she warned.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin had let it be known last Thursday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would “change the direction of the debate” on her country’s NATO membership.
Finland and Sweden are receiving the 2023 Ewald von Kleist Award for their decision to apply for #NATO membership in response to Russia’s brutal war. An important sign of transatlantic resilience & unity! pic.twitter.com/CyErWYeaSf
— Christoph Heusgen (@MSCheusgen) February 18, 2023
Also, in recent hours, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Volodymir Zelenski, has thanked Sweden and Ukraine for the military, technical and humanitarian aid provided.
-Thailand News (TN)