The spokeswoman for The Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, has warned Finland and Sweden that their accession to NATO would entail “serious political-military repercussions” that they would demand a Russian “answer”.
This has been made known by Zajarova at a press conference after both Nordic countries expressed their support for the Ukrainian government against the Russian invasion which started on thursday and were invited to participate in the extraordinary NATO summit as observerssince right now they do not participate in the Atlantic Alliance.
“Finland and Sweden should not base their own security on harming the security of other countries”Zajarova has declared in comments collected by Newsweek.
“It is clear that the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, which is above all a military alliance, would have serious political-military repercussions that would require a response from our country“, has warned.
The Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin had made it known this past Thursday that the Russian invasion of Ukraine “would change the meaning of the debate” about her country’s accession to NATO.
Also, in the last few hours, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodimir Zelensky thanked Sweden and Finland for military aidtechnical and humanitarian provided.
Yesterday, the Nordic countries condemned the Russian invasion. Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway They described it as a violation of international law, and demanded a firm reaction.
“Sweden condemns in the strongest terms the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia‘s acts are also an attack on the European security order. It will be met with a united and forceful response in solidarity with Ukraine”, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
In a message on his official account on the social network TwitterSanna Marin also strongly condemned the attack, which she considers a “serious breach” of international law and threatens the lives of many civilians. “Finland expresses its strong support for Ukraine and Ukrainians, we are looking for ways to increase our support,” Marin said.
His Norwegian counterpart, Jonas Gahr Støre, also described the military operation launched in eastern and southern Ukraine as a “serious violation” and blamed Russia “for throwing Europe into this dark situation.”. “Russia must immediately stop its military operations and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” she wrote in a statement.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen expressed herself in similar terms, condemning a “terrible and unprovoked” act., which it considers violates the pacts and international law. “It must have important consequences for Russia. The European Union and NATO will meet shortly to discuss it,” Frederiksen wrote.
Russia justified in the UN Security Council its decision to intervene in Ukraine due to the alleged “provocations” of Kiev and the situation of the population of Donbas and stressed that he does not seek an “occupation” of the neighboring country.
The Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vasili Nebenzia, stressed that the objective of this “special operation” is “to protect people that for eight years they have been suffering a genocide by the Kiev regime” and “demilitarize” Ukraine.
The diplomat stressed that “the occupation of Ukraine is not in the plans” of Russia, assured that the intervention is justified in the Charter of the United Nations and held the Ukrainian government responsible for the situation, accusing him of increasing his “provocations” in the east of the country, where Moscow has recognized the self-proclaimed independence of two breakaway republics.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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