"Doesn't make our continent safer" – Moscow's reaction to Finland's NATO membership plans

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin want their country to join NATO “immediately”. For its part, the alliance has promised Finland a quick admission. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that Finland would be “warmly welcomed” to NATO.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted critically to these developments. Helsinki must be aware of the responsibility and the consequences of such a step, it said in a statement on the agency’s website. Finland’s entry into NATO would seriously damage relations between Moscow and Helsinki. In return, Russia will be forced to take both military and technical measures to contain threats to its national security, it said. The intentions of the Finnish authorities are a “radical change in foreign policy course”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also commented on Finland’s plan on Thursday, which he said poses a threat to Russia’s security. He said:

“Another expansion of NATO will make our continent neither more stable nor more secure.”

Russia’s response will depend on the extent to which NATO’s military infrastructure advances to Russia’s borders.

According to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has already instructed that the security of Russia’s western flank be strengthened with a view to NATO activities. The Kremlin spokesman said that Finland has joined the unfriendly steps being taken towards Russia within the EU. This arouses regret in Russia and may be a reason for mirror reactions from Moscow, he added.

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