Accession of Sweden, Finland to NATO threatens stability in northern Europe: Russia,

The possible accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO threatens negative consequences for stability in northern Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

“It’s no secret that the territories of these countries have long been mastered by NATO, large-scale military exercises were held. Why the alliance needs this is understandable. The goal is to continue building up military potential and geographic expansion, to create another flank for threats to Russia. And it’s unclear why our Finnish and Swedish neighbors in the Baltic region need to turn into a new frontier of confrontation between the NATO bloc and Russia. The negative consequences for peace and stability in Northern Europe are obvious,” Zakharova said in a statement.

“They will automatically find themselves on NATO’s front line. Moreover, NATO membership implies, in fact, the renunciation of part of the sovereignty in the development of decisions in the field of defense, and in foreign policy. However, this trend has emerged long before the current situation, when the EU member states, including its non-bloc countries, gradually turned into an instrument dutifully following the destructive attitudes of the United States and NATO,” Zakharova added. Läs artikel