According to the deputy head of the Security Council, the accession of Sweden and Finland to the alliance will worsen the security situation in the Baltic region, and the border of Karelia with Finland will actually turn into the border of Russia with NATOv6_top_pics/resized/320xH/media/img/3/76/756590232317763.jpg 320w 800xH/media/img/3/76/756590232317763.jpg 800w v6_top_pics/resized/400xH/media/img/3/76/756590232317763.jpg 400w” media=”(max-width: 400px)” >
Russia will respond symmetrically to the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, said Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, without specifying what it was about.
“As for our reaction to the entry of these countries into NATO, then, as the President of our country said, this reaction will be symmetrical,— he told reporters following a meeting held in Karelia on ensuring Russia's security in the northwestern direction (quote from Interfax).
At the same time, the deputy head of the Security Council pointed out that the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO could worsen the security situation in the Baltic region, “because the Baltic Sea is now, in fact, becoming a sea dominated by NATO countries.” Medvedev also noted that now Karelia's border with Finland is becoming Russia's border with NATO.
In May, against the backdrop of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. The countries emphasized that the decision was not directed against Moscow and was due to the changed security situation.
According to the application procedure, all NATO members must approve, but Turkey opposed it. She demanded that the countries hand over to Ankara members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, close all organizations associated with the PKK structures, and provide Turkey with guarantees.
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On June 28, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. The parties were able to agree on the issue of countries joining NATO, and Ankara agreed to support the candidates. Erdogan subsequently stated that parliament would ratify their applications only after they fulfilled their promises to Ankara.
In early July, Erdogan reiterated that Turkey would return to its original position on Sweden's membership and Finland in the alliance if he sees “attempts to delay the implementation of the obligations taken or hypocrisy.”
At the same time, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde called exaggerated fears that Ankara could again block countries from joining the alliance. “I think we've worked so hard on this that we don't have to worry too much about further problems coming up. But it would be unreasonable of me to say that nothing will come up at all,— she said.
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