Putin differentiates the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO from the case of Ukraine
Russia does not have the same concerns about Finland and Sweden joining NATO as it does about Ukraine, although it will respond if threats arise, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today.
“We don’t have the problems with Sweden and Finland that we have, unfortunately, with Ukraine. We don’t have concerns or territorial claims, there’s nothing to worry about Finland and Sweden’s membership in NATO. If that’s what they want, go ahead,” he told reporters in Ashgabat, quoted by Interfax.
However, he clarified that “they have to clearly understand that before they did not face any threat, but now, in the event that contingents and military infrastructure are stationed there, we will be forced to respond symmetrically and generate the same threats that come from those territories. “.