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‘Don’t force our hands’, Russia warns Sweden, Finland against joining NATO

Russia has issued a stern warning to Sweden and Finland over their purported plan to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

Finland Prime Minister, Sanna Marin on Wednesday disclosed the country which gained independence from Russia in 1917 will decide in the next few weeks whether to apply to join NATO or not.

Likewise, the Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson, also revealed that the nation is considering joining the alliance.

Reacting, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, warned that if the two countries join the US-led military alliance, Russia will have no choice but to strengthen its land, naval, and air forces in the Baltic Sea.

“There can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic, the balance must be restored,” said Medvedev.

“Until today, Russia has not taken such measures and was not going to.

“If our hand is forced well take note it wasn’t us who proposed this.”

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