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Russia has sent a warning to Finland

Following Finland’s announcement that it will pursue membership in NATO, Russia has indicated that it will take retaliatory actions, sending a clear warning.

Russia has sent a warning to Finland
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg PHOTO: NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, such an action would significantly damage bilateral relations as well as the security and stability of Northern Europe.

Russia’s warnings come in response to statements by the Finnish president and prime minister urging the country to apply for NATO membership “without delay”.

Russia has sent a warning to Finland
PHOTO: © Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation (MIL.RU)

On Sunday, Finland will formally announce its decision following parliamentary consultations. Sweden will announce its decision on the same day.

The Russian statement described Finland’s decision as “a radical change in the country’s foreign policy”.

“Russia will be forced to retaliate, both military-technical and otherwise, in order to neutralize the threats to its national security that arise from it,” the statement said.

Russia has sent a warning to Finland
Prime Minister Sanna Marin meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in Helsinki 19.2.2021 © Laura Kotila | valtioneuvoston kanslia

According to the Russian agency Ria Novosti, Russia’s Deputy Representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Poliansky, said that Sweden and Finland would become potential targets for Russia if it joined NATO.

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