Russia Warns of ‘Negative’ Consequences if Sweden and Finland Join NATO

Flag at NATO HQThe accession to NATO by Sweden and Finland will lead to dangerous negative changes in the Baltic Sea Region, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

The ministry commented on Saturday’s conference, involving the Russian ambassadors to Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. The conference was chaired by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov. . . .

The intensification of NATO’s infrastructure in the countries adjacent to Russia and discussions on the accession of Sweden and Finland to the Alliance “can lead to negative changes in the Baltic Sea Region”, it says.

The diplomats discussed the tasks for protecting the rights and interests of compatriots, primarily in Baltic States, preserving the Russian language and countering the falsification of history and the glorification of Nazism.

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