Russia says Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids are ‘grave mistake’
‘It is an additional serious mistake, the consequences of which will be far-reaching’, declared Russia’s deputy foreign minister.
The candidacies of Sweden and Finland to join the natoin response to the offensive russian against ukraineare a “serious mistake”, said the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of the RussiaSergei Ryabkov.
“It is an additional serious mistake, the consequences of which will be far-reaching,” the deputy minister declared, according to the Interfax news agency.
Riabkov explained that Russia’s response “will depend on the practical consequences of joining” the two Nordic countries to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
“For us, it is clear that the security of Sweden and Finland will not be reinforced by this decision”, he said before highlighting that “the level of tension will increase”.
Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party on Sunday approved its candidacy for NATO, just hours after the Finnish government announced its desire to join the organisation, which Russia considers a threat to its existence.
For Finland and Sweden, countries that did not join the Alliance even during the Cold War, the change in direction is a consequence of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, as Moscow is perceived as a threat by its neighbors.
Finland, in particular, shares 1,300 kilometers of border with Russia.
Russia justified, among other allegations, the offensive against Ukraine for its rapprochement with NATO and for the organization’s political, diplomatic and military support for the Ukrainian government. Moscow intended in this way to drive Westerners away from its borders.