Russia: Sweden-Finland NATO accession wrong with ‘far-reaching consequences’ – Radically changes world situation
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today that Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO was a mistake that would have far-reaching implications, according to Russian news agencies.
The move by the two historically neutral countries marks one of the biggest changes to Europe’s security architecture in decades, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
“The situation, of course, is changing radically given what is happening,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Interfax.
“This is another serious mistake with far-reaching implications (…) This is the level of those who make political decisions today,” he said.
“It is very clear to us that the security of Sweden and Finland will not be strengthened after this decision,” Ryabkov added, adding that the two countries “should not have any illusions that we will just tolerate it.”
“In general, the level of military tension will increase, predictability will decrease. It is a pity that common sense is sacrificed on the altar of some imaginary ideas of what should happen in this situation,” he said.