Putin warns response in kind if NATO deploys military infrastructure in Finland and Sweden
Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would respond in kind if NATO deploys military infrastructure in Finland and Sweden, after the two Nordic countries were officially invited to the Madrid summit to join the North Atlantic Alliance.
His stance comes after Türkiye had agreed on Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO accession.
However, the Kremlin leader said there was “no problem” for Russia if Finland and Sweden joined NATO.
Putin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that he could not rule out that tensions would arise in Moscow’s relations with Helsinki and Stockholm over their accession to NATO. Putin also denounced NATO’s “imperialist ambitions” that are trying to assert their “hegemony.”
“We have no problems with Sweden and Finland, as we have with Ukraine,” Putin told a news conference in Ashgabat, the Turkmen capital. “If Finland and Sweden want to, let them join. It is their job, they can join wherever they want,” the Russian president stated.
However, Vladimir Putin warned that “if military contingents and military infrastructure were deployed there (in Finland and Sweden), we would be obliged to respond symmetrically and to raise the same threats to those territories where threats have arisen for us.” ”