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Russia ‘not satisfied’ that Finland, Sweden becoming a member of NATO will enhance safety in Europe

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The Kremlin on Monday says it’s “not satisfied” Finland and Sweden becoming a member of NATO would “enhance the safety structure on our continent.” 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the comment, in keeping with the AFP, a day after Finland mentioned it needed to affix the navy alliance as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues. Sweden additionally seems near making use of for NATO membership itself. 

“We aren’t satisfied that Finland and Sweden becoming a member of NATO will one way or the other strengthen or enhance the safety structure on our continent,” Peskov reportedly mentioned

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a joint news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow, Russia, in February.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a joint information convention of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow, Russia, in February.
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High management in Finland known as it a “historic day” Sunday because it introduced the beforehand impartial Nordic nation needs to affix NATO. 

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However Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Finland Saturday that relations between the 2 neighbors could possibly be “negatively affected” if Finnish President Sauli Niinisto follows by means of on the plan to use for NATO membership. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a meeting of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, May 16.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a gathering of the leaders of the Collective Safety Treaty Group on the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Might 16.

Sweden, additionally nonaligned, moved a step nearer to making use of for NATO membership after the governing Social Democratic get together met Sunday and backed becoming a member of the trans-Atlantic alliance. 

The plan to affix the alliance can be mentioned in Sweden’s parliament on Monday, and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s Cupboard will make an announcement later that day. 

Sweden has not been a member of a navy alliance for the reason that Napoleonic Wars. Finland adopted neutrality after being defeated by the Purple Military in World Conflict II and dropping about 10% of its territory. 

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, attend the press conference on Finland's security policy decisions at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on Sunday May 15. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtiuva via G3 Box News)

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, attend the press convention on Finland’s safety coverage selections on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on Sunday Might 15. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtiuva by way of G3 Field Information)
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“Our 200-year-long standing coverage of navy nonalignment has served Sweden effectively,” Andersson mentioned throughout a information convention in Stockholm late Sunday. “However the challenge at hand is whether or not navy nonalignment will hold serving us effectively?” 

“We’re now dealing with a essentially modified safety surroundings in Europe,” she added. 

G3 Field Information’ Emma Colton and the G3 Field Information contributed to this report. 



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