One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies has warned NATO that if Sweden and Finland join the US-led military alliance, then Russia will indeed deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in an exclave in the heart of Europe.
Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, has said that if Sweden and Finland join NATO, Russia would have to strengthen its land, naval, and air forces in the Baltic sea. He has also explicitly raised the nuclear threat by saying that there could be no more talks of a “nuclear-free” Baltic.
It is important to note that Finland shares a 1,300 km (810 miles) border with Russia, and both Finland and Sweden are considering joining the NATO alliance. Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that Finland would decide to join NATO in the next few weeks.
It is now essential to see the further developments.