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Russia Threatens to Deploy Nuclear Weapons If Sweden and Finland Join NATO

Rusia amenaza con desplegar armas nucleares si Suecia y Finlandia se unen a la OTAN

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Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev today threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in the Baltics if Sweden and Finland join NATO.

“It will be necessary to strengthen the grouping of ground forces, anti-aircraft defense, deploy significant naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland. And in that case, it will no longer be possible to speak of a Baltic without nuclear weapons. The balance must be restored,” the senior official wrote on his Telegram account.

Medvedev, a former prime minister and president of Russia from 2008 to 2012, stressed that for Moscow “it is not so important how many countries are in NATO, 30 or 32,” as “two more, two less, by weight and population, do not make much difference.”

But he said that if Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the land border between Russia and the Atlantic Alliance will double, so —he stressed— it will have to be strengthened.

“We are going to trust that the good sense of our northern neighbors will prevail. And if not, as they say, they have brought it on themselves,” he threatened.

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