Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned this Thursday of a deployment of nuclear weapons in the Baltic Sea if Sweden and Finland join NATO, a possibility that both countries are analyzing as a result of the war in Ukraine.
“It will be necessary to reinforce the group of ground forces, the anti-aircraft defense, deploy important 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 reestablished” , the former Russian president and former prime minister has expressed in his Telegram account.
Sweden and Finland have taken the first steps to join the Atlantic Alliance and are studying this possibility with an internal debate and the preparation of a report, as a result of the outbreak of the war in Ukraine on February 24.
Medvedev, former prime minister and president of Russia between 2008 and 2012, has pointed out that for Moscow “it is not so important how many countries are in NATO30 or 32″, since “two more, two less, due to their weight and population, do not make much difference”.
But he has emphasized that if Sweden and Finland join NATO the length of the land border between Russia and the Atlantic Alliance will be doubledTherefore, as he has pointed out, it will have to be strengthened.
“We are going to trust that common sense prevails”
Medvedev has said thator does it make sense to think that the Russian “special military operation” in Ukraine is to blame Sweden and Finland joining NATO are being considered.
“This is not so. Firstly, there have been attempts to drag them into NATO before, and secondly, what is important, we do not have territorial disputes, as with Ukraine, with those countries“, has added.
The former Russian president has indicated that hePublic opinion in Sweden and Finland is divided almost equally about the need to join NATO.
“No one in their right mind wants to see prices and taxes rise, for tension to rise along borders, for Iskander (missiles), hypersonic (weapons) and nuclear-armed ships to be literally a stone’s throw from their home,” he added. . “We are going to trust that the good sense of our northern neighbors prevails. And if not, as they say, they have asked for it themselves “, she has summed up.
The Lithuanian Prime Minister: “That Russia threatens is nothing new”
The fact that Russia threatens to increase military deployment in the Baltic region, including nuclear, it’s “nothing new”, Lithuania’s prime minister has said, Ingrida Simonyte. “That Russia threatens is nothing new,” she said in statements collected by Reuters.
“Kaliningrad it is a highly militarized area, it has been for many yearsand it’s in the Baltic region,” Simonyte said.
The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, is sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, member states of NATO.
Moscow’s warning comes after both Finland and Sweden have