LONDON: The Kremlin mentioned on Thursday (Could 12) that Finland’s transfer to be a part of NATO was “undoubtedly” a threat to Russia and that the growth of the army bloc wouldn’t make Europe or the world extra secure.
Talking to reporters on a convention name, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned the steps taken by Finland to be a part of NATO had been a trigger for remorse and a purpose to impose a symmetrical response.
Finland’s president and prime minister mentioned earlier on Thursday their nation should apply to be a part of the NATO army alliance “immediately”.
Requested whether or not this offered a threat to Russia, Peskov mentioned: “Undoubtedly. NATO growth doesn’t make our continent extra secure and safe.”
He mentioned Finland had joined “unfriendly steps” towards Russia.
Requested what kind Russia’s response would take, he replied: “All the things will rely upon how this … technique of NATO growth performs out, the extent to which army infrastructure strikes nearer to our borders.”
Earlier than Russia’s Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine, Finland had since World Warfare II maintained a coverage of neutrality concerning Russia, with which it shares a 1,300km border.
The nation is now seemingly to be a part of NATO this yr, alongside its neighbour Sweden, one other historically impartial energy that had shunned joining the US-led alliance.