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Russian Media Says Nuclear Weapons May Be The Answer To Finland and Sweden Joining NATO

'Russia will have no choice but to neutralize the imbalance & new threat by deploying tactical nuclear weapons,' said a presenter on Russian state media


One of the presenters on Russian state media said this weekend that the only option if Finland and Sweden join NATO would be to deploy nuclear weapons. 

Steve Rosenberg from the BBC shared the statement made by the Russian media in a post on Twitter. 

“Their official reason is fear. But they’ll have more fear in Nato. When Nato bases appear in Sweden & Finland, Russia will have no choice but to neutralize the imbalance & new threat by deploying tactical nuclear weapons,” presenter Dmitry Kiselyov reportedly said on Russia 1.

The threat comes just one day after both Sweden and Finland announced they would be submitting applications to join the Western military alliance. 

According to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, their application would be fast-tracked.

On Monday, Sweden announced its government had confirmed the process and would be making its application immediately.

 

Finland’s Parliament is expected to endorse the decision in the coming days, but it is considered a formality. President Niinistö said the decision would be the beginning of a “new era.”

Niinistö added that joining NATO would “maximize” Finland’s security after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

Finland shares more than 800 miles of border with Russia. Both Finland and Sweden have maintained strict neutrality policies since the end of World War II. Finland has historically viewed NATO membership as an incitement of Moscow, no longer maintaining its neutrality.

Russia has threatened retaliation if either of the two countries goes through with their application process. The country has continued to make various nuclear threats since the invasion of Ukraine. 

Last week, Avril Haines, director of national intelligence, told Senate leaders that she believed Putin could use nuclear weapons if he “perceives that he is losing the war in Ukraine, and that NATO in effect is either intervening or about to intervene.”

Regardless of Russia’s response to the decision by Sweden and Finland to join NATO, President Joe Biden believes it is the right decision. According to a White House statement, he “underscored his support for NATO’s Open Door policy and for the right of Finland and Sweden to decide their own future.”

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