Russia has described Finland’s decision to join NATO as a “direct threat” that will be met with “both military-technical and other measures.”
The Kremlin has stated that Finland’s desire to join NATO is “absolutely” a danger to Russia and would result in punitive measures.
Finland’s president has stated that his nation, which borders Russia, should apply for membership in the military alliance “as soon as possible.”
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, said such would “absolutely” be considered a direct threat to his country.
“NATO expansion does not improve the stability and security of our continent. This can’t help but make us feel bad, and it’s a justification for symmetrical responses on our part “he said.
Russia’s foreign ministry claimed NATO’s goal was to push closer to its borders, warning that it would have to take “military-technical and other punitive measures.”
“Everything [additional Russian action] will rely on how this expansion process will look in the future, how far the military infrastructure will travel, how much closer to our borders,” Mr Peskov added.