In the Republic of Karelia, it was proposed to modernize the dual-use border infrastructure, both military and civilian, in connection with Finland’s plans to join NATO. This was reported yesterday, on April 27, by the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the region, Elissan Shandalovich.
“It seems that the current political leadership of Suomi not only does not have information about the role of partnership with Russia, but also clearly underestimates the consequences, social and economic, which can overwhelm Finland after breaking off cooperation with us as a strategic partner,” he wrote on his page on the VK social network after speaking at a meeting of the Council commission legislators on issues of international cooperation in St. Petersburg, which took place on April 27.
Shandalovich added that Finland is making a big mistake and, to its detriment, deciding to destroy relations with Russia by joining Western sanctions. In this regard, he pointed out the importance of creating conditions for the active and advanced development of border regions and territories.
Earlier, on April 20, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said that Russia had warned Finland and Sweden about the consequences of their accession to NATO, Izvestia reminded.
At the same time, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexey Chepa, in an interview with Izvestia, said that the decision of the Swedish and Finnish authorities to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Alliance is “a trend of the times”. In addition, he noted that relations with Russia will only become more complicated against this background.
According to Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO will have a negative impact on the situation on the European continent.