Russia Threatens Baltic Sea Deployment if Sweden and Finland Join NATO

Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president and deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, also warned that the world will be “unsafe” again should both countries’ membership in NATO will push through. 

In a post on Medvedev’s Telegram channel on April 14, he said that the land borders of the alliance with the Russian Federation will more than double. 

Medvedev added that they will “seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense, deploy substantial naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland.”

“In this case, it will no longer be possible to talk about any non-nuclear status of the Baltic – the balance must be restored,” Medvedev wrote adding that the Kremlin will do this if they are “forced”. 

Last week, Finland and Sweden announced there would be a decision in the coming weeks on their membership in NATO. 

Finland, Sweden, and Ukraine are already “Enhanced Opportunity Partners” of NATO, the alliance’s closest type of engagement, and participate in military exercises with other NATO members.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union program, said both Finland and Sweden will be “very much welcomed” should they decide to join them. 

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