Russia has made a “massive strategic blunder” as Finland and Sweden look poised to join NATO as early as the summer. Russia invasion of Ukraine was meant to deter any form of consideration of neighboring countries becoming a member of alliance.
Russia has warned Finland and Sweden against joining NATO, arguing the move would not bring more instability to Europe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “the alliance remains a tool geared towards confrontation against Russia “.
It comes as US defence officials said Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has been a “massive strategic blunder” which is likely to bring Nato enlargement. The war in Ukraine has made Finland to rethink its neutrality.
The United States officials said that NATO membership for both Nordic countries was “a topic of conversation and multiple sessions” during talks between the alliance’s foreign ministers last week attended by Sweden and Finland, report added.
Before the invasion started, Russia demanded that NATO agree to halt any future expansion, but the war has led to the deployment of more Nato troops on its eastern flank and a rise in public support for Swedish and Finnish membership.Finnish MPs are expected to receive a security report from intelligence officials this week, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she expects her government “will end the discussion before midsummer” on whether to make a membership application.
US officials expect the Nordic neighbors to apply for membership of the alliance, potentially as early as June.
Washington is believed to support the move which would see the Western alliance grow to 32 members. US State Department officials said last week that discussions had taken place between Nato leaders and ministers from Finland and Sweden.
Finland shares a 1,340km long border with Russia and has been rattled by the invasion of Ukraine.And Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic party, which has traditionally opposed NATO membership, said it is rethinking this position in light of Russia’s attack on its western neighbor. Party secretary Tobias Baudin told local media that the NATO review should be completed as early as June.
“When Russia invaded Ukraine, Sweden’s security position changed fundamentally,” the party said in a statement on Monday.
But Moscow has been clear that it opposes any potential enlargement of the alliance. MrPeskov warned the bloc “is not that kind of alliance which ensures peace and stability, and its further expansion will not bring additional security to the European continent”.
Last week MrPeskov said that Russia would have to “rebalance the situation” with its own measures were Sweden and Finland to join Nato.
And in February Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, warned of “military and political consequences” if the countries joined the bloc.
Nato was formed in 1949 to counter the threat of Soviet (USSR) enlargement, though since the fall of the Berlin wall a number of formerly communist eastern European countries have joined the alliance.
Member states agree to come to one another’s aid in the event of an armed attack against any individual member state.
Despite the threats, both countries have pushed ahead with their bids and increasedefence spending.
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