The expert assessed the possible consequences of Sweden and Finland joining NATO

“Our country will have to respond appropriately to such a step”

It was previously reported in the media that Finland plans to apply for NATO membership in June, and after it it is going do Sweden. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the admission of these countries to the alliance will not contribute to security in Europe, and domestic experts are sure that this step will become a serious threat to Russia.

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In an interview with Vechernyaya Moskva, retired colonel, military expert and political scientist Viktor Litovkin said that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO in practice will mean the appearance on their territory of a foreign military contingent and weapons, among which will be short-range and medium-range missiles.

At the same time, the expert stressed that we are talking not only about defensive systems, but also about those that could use American Tomahawk missiles. According to Litovkin, the Tomahawk is a long-range cruise missile capable of carrying even a nuclear warhead.

According to the expert, the potential expansion of NATO will lead to the fact that the Gulf of Finland will actually be blocked by “unfriendly countries.” Litovkin recalled that this strait leads to St. Petersburg. The specialist believes that Russia will have to “respond appropriately to such a step.”

Litovkin believes that our country will have to take additional protection measures, since our border with Finland is almost unprotected and unequipped, and its length is about 1200 kilometers. According to the expert, if Sweden and Finland join NATO, then it will be necessary to think about how to protect this border, and it should be understood that this will require an additional burden on the economy.

The expert also explained that NATO is “ instrument of the United States for the management of Europe and the maintenance of American interests in Europe. According to Litovkin, if Sweden joins the alliance, the well-developed Swedish defense complex runs the risk of “stalling out”, since the country will have to buy American weapons. The specialist added that Sweden and Finland, nevertheless, are peace-loving countries with fairly small armies, and Sweden has been neutral for more than 200 years. NATO led by the USA.


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