The expansion of NATO at the expense of Finland and Sweden does not pose an immediate threat to Russia, since Moscow has no problems with these countries, as Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the today’s summit of the CSTO, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty.
“As for the expansion [of NATO], including at the expense of new members of the alliance – Finland, Sweden, Russia has no problems with these states. Therefore, in this sense, expansion at the expense of these countries does not pose an immediate threat to Russia,” the head of state noted.
At the same time, the President warned about Moscow’s response to the expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure in Finland and Sweden.
“The expansion of military infrastructure into this territory will certainly provoke our response,” Putin said.
He clarified that Russia’s reaction will be prepared based on the threats that will be created to the country.
“Actually, the problem is being created from scratch,” the President stressed. “We will react accordingly to this.”
Putin noted that in addition to the “endless expansion policy,” NATO also goes beyond its geographical purpose, beyond the Euro-Atlantic, trying to become more actively involved in international issues and control the international security situation, influence them, “and not in the best way, in other regions of the world.”
“This, of course, requires additional attention on our part,” Putin concluded.