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Moscow announced the actual refusal of Helsinki and Stockholm from nuclear-free status

Moscow has questions in connection with the actual refusal of Finland and Sweden from a nuclear-free status in connection with a possible entry into NATO, Interfax quotes Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko.

“This is a new reality that we must take into account. The question arises with negative nuclear guarantees for these states,” the deputy minister added.

Grushko stressed that “it is enough to look at the map to understand how the expansion of the Alliance is essential for the fundamental security interests of the Russian Federation.”

Finland’s military security will be significantly weakened if it joins NATO, Grushko believes. “In their address to the Finnish Parliament, the President and Prime Minister of the country stated that this step will strengthen the security of both Finland and NATO. It is clear to any sane person that the result will be exactly the opposite, the military security of Finland will be significantly weakened,” he said.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation stressed that for decades the military security of Finland was ensured by a policy of military non-alignment, this was the basis of the prestige and authority of this country. “The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO is a strategic change. This change cannot remain without a political reaction, as well as without a thorough analysis of the consequences of a new configuration of forces that may be formed as a result of another expansion of the alliance,” Grushko told reporters.

He noted that the decision on Moscow’s retaliatory measures “will not be made on emotions.” “This will be a carefully calibrated analysis of all the factors that affect the security situation in this region,” the deputy minister added.

According to him, a lot depends on what kind of NATO infrastructure will be placed in these territories.

Grushko noted that it is too early to talk about the possibility of deploying Russian nuclear forces in the Baltic region if Finland and Sweden join NATO. “NATO has committed itself in a founding act not to change its nuclear policy or its posture, and it has stuck to that until recently,” he said.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation noted that recently there have been more and more statements that NATO is ready to abandon this measure. “In particular, Jens Stoltenberg stated that nuclear weapons could be transferred closer to the borders of the Russian Federation, the Polish leaders stated that they were ready to accept it,” the Deputy Minister added.

“If these statements are implemented in some practical steps, of course, it will be necessary to respond to this by taking adequate precautionary measures that would ensure the reliability of containment,” Grushko emphasized.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation noted that it would be necessary to respond not only in the event of the physical movement of American nuclear weapons on the territory of these countries, but also in the creation of the infrastructure that is necessary for the use of nuclear weapons.

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