Russia threatens ‘military consequences’ if Finland joins NATO
Russia launched a ground and air strike on Ukraine on February 24, 2022 (Thursday) and so far more than 100 people have been confirmed dead in the invaded country. The Russian army has reached the capital, Kiev, and is only 9 kilometers from the parliament building.
According to the details, Russia and Ukraine have fought a previous war in 2014. In fact, Ukraine wants to join the European Union (EU) and join the Western defense alliance, NATO, in order to gain trade and defense protection, but Russia opposes this for various reasons. These are the two main causes of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Now that Russia has invaded Ukraine, a wave of insecurity has swept across Ukraine. One of them is Finland, a country in Northern Europe that is also part of the EU and shares borders with Russia, Norway and Sweden.
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After the invasion of Ukraine, Finland’s female prime minister, Sanna Marin, said in a statement that she was ready to join the Western defense alliance, NATO, if her country’s security was at stake. Speaking in the Parliament, Sanna Marin said that Finland is ready to join hands with NATO incase of a threat to national security.
Russia has reacted sharply to the Finnish prime minister’s statement, saying it shares a border with Finland and opposes NATO’s expansion, calling it against its national security. Russia’s foreign ministry has warned that Finland’s accession to NATO would have serious military and political consequences, citing a statement from the Finnish prime minister.
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“We regard the Finnish government’s commitment to a military non-alignment policy as an important factor in ensuring security and stability in northern Europe,” spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry Maria Zakharova said during a news briefing in Moscow.
💬#Zakharova: We regard the Finnish government’s commitment to a military non-alignment policy as an important factor in ensuring security and stability in northern Europe.
☝️Finland’s accession to @NATO would have serious military and political repercussions. pic.twitter.com/eCY5oG23rL
— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) February 25, 2022
It is to be remembered that on Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg invited Sweden and Finland to attend a NATO virtual summit on the situation in and around Ukraine on Friday.
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On the same day, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that Finland will be ready to join NATO “if the issue of national security becomes acute.”
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