Sweden and Finland have decided to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Russian President Vladimir Putin who has been extremely cautious of the organization, on Monday said. That there is no threat to Russia of these two countries joining NATO.
Finland and Sweden joining NATO was a probable move since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. The two countries have joined in an effort to strengthen their military power against probable threats from Moscow. As well as protecting their sovereignity.
“As to enlargement, Russia has no problem with these states – none. And so in this sense there is no immediate threat to Russia from an expansion (of NATO) to include these countries.” Putin told the leaders of a Russian-dominated military alliance of former Soviet states.
Vladimir Putin has also said in a statement. That such military expansion could escalate Russia’s military response against the said organization.
Russia could deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. However, it would be subject to the situation when Finland and Sweden would join NATO.
Putin says assurances were given at the time Soviet Union had collapsed. Moreover, that the alliance would not expand eastwards towards Russia, a promise he says was a lie.