Russia Threatens Two More Countries With ‘Military and Political Consequences’ – Opinion

Vladimir Putin seems determined to continue going onwards.

After invading Ukraine – and even hitting the ships of other nations including members of NATO, Romania and Turkey – he’s now threatening Finland and Sweden if they dare to join NATO.

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Maria Zakharova from Russia’s Foreign Ministry made these comments as Russian forces battle Ukrainian troops following unprovoked invasion into Ukraine.

“Finland and Sweden should not base their security on damaging the security of other countries and their accession to NATO can have detrimental consequences and face some military and political consequences,” she said in a video clip.

Later on Twitter, the threat was repeated by the ministry.

“We regard the Finnish government’s commitment to a military non-alignment policy as an important factor in ensuring security and stability in northern Europe,” the tweet reads. “Finland’s accession to @NATO would have serious military and political repercussions.”

Russia has claimed the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO as one of its excuses for invading it, so that thought can’t sit well with Finland and Sweden. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also requested that NATO withdraw some NATO forces already deployed to certain members. Fox reported that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this went “far beyond Ukraine.”

“This is about how Russia is actually challenging, contesting core values for our security. Then warning that NATO should withdraw all forces and infrastructure from almost half of our members,” Stoltenberg declared.

This can go wrong in many different ways. We saw it with the Russians attacking the ships of several other countries, including Ukraine’s in the Black Sea. Even though Finland and Sweden are not NATO members, they still belong to the EU. Threatening them and NATO countries is not going to go over well, and it’s going to make NATO countries want to put even more troops into play. Russia is almost pushing them into NATO’s hands with the threat because they know if they are not protected by being in NATO, that Russia might treat them like Ukraine.

Finland’s response was to tell Russia to go pound sand.

“Partnership with the alliance is very important for us. While maintaining a strong national defense, we retain the opportunity to apply for membership,” he wrote. “It is the sovereign right of each nation to make decisions on its security policy.”

Russia and Ukraine will send delegations of their representatives to Belarus in order to hold talks. Russia, however, is currently attacking Kyiv tonight. The government has also armed the residents to resist the Russian attack.

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