Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko on the consequences of Finland and Sweden joining NATO:

▪️This is a strategic change. This change cannot remain without a political reaction, as well as without a thorough analysis of the consequences of the new configuration of forces that may emerge as a result of the next expansion of the alliance. It is clear that the decision will not be made on emotions.

▪️This is the new reality, which, we are convinced, is not in the interests of Sweden and Finland, nor in the interests of maintaining European security and stability, but will only lead to the militarization of the North, which, militarily, was until recently the most peaceful zone in Europe.

▪️In their address to the Finnish Parliament, the Finnish President and Prime Minister stated that this step will strengthen the security of both Finland and NATO. It is quite obvious to any sane person that the result will be exactly the opposite, the military security of Finland will be significantly weakened.

▪️We have a rough idea of ​​how events will unfold when the membership is issued. NATO countries will immediately declare that the northern flank is very vulnerable, that the border with Russia is 1300 km. Now the border between NATO and Russia has increased by about 1,300 km. This border must be defended, so additional contingents of forces must be deployed there, and so on.

▪️All this fits into the notorious search for an enemy, which is expressed in a practical political military sense in the demonization of Russia, attributing to it hostile intentions towards countries that Russia simply cannot be suspected of having such intentions.
▪️There are many questions related to the actual refusal of these countries from nuclear-free status. 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 declared that they were ready to accept it. If these statements are implemented in some practical steps, of course, it will be necessary to respond to this by taking adequate precautions that would ensure the reliability of deterrence.