Putin: Russia Will Respond If NATO Sets up Infrastructure in Finland, Sweden

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Caspian Summit successful  Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, connected  June 29, 2022. (Grigory Sysoyev/Sputnik/Pool via Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Caspian Summit successful Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, connected June 29, 2022. (Grigory Sysoyev/Sputnik/Pool via Reuters)

MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin said connected Wednesday that Russia would respond successful benignant if NATO deployed troops and infrastructure successful Finland and Sweden aft they articulation the U.S.–led subject alliance.

“With Sweden and Finland, we don’t person the problems that we person with Ukraine. They privation to articulation NATO, spell ahead,” Putin told Russian authorities tv aft talks with determination leaders successful the cardinal Asian ex-Soviet authorities of Turkmenistan.

“But they indispensable recognize determination was nary menace before, portion now, if subject contingents and infrastructure are deployed there, we volition person to respond successful benignant and make the aforesaid threats for the territories from which threats towards america are created.”

He said it was inevitable that Moscow’s relations with Helsinki and Stockholm would sour implicit their NATO membership.

“Everything was good betwixt us, but present determination mightiness beryllium immoderate tensions, determination surely will,” helium said. “It’s inevitable if determination is simply a menace to us.”

Putin made his remark a time aft NATO subordinate Turkey lifted its veto implicit the bid by Finland and Sweden to articulation the confederation aft the 3 nations agreed to support each other’s security.

The determination means Helsinki and Stockholm tin proceed with their exertion to articulation NATO.

Putin added that the objectives of what Moscow calls its “special subject operation” successful Ukraine remained unchanged, that its extremity was to “liberate” eastbound Ukraine’s Donbass portion and make conditions to guarantee Russia’s security.

He said Russian troops had precocious successful Ukraine and that the subject involution was going arsenic planned. There was nary need, helium said, to acceptable a deadline for an extremity to the campaign.

Reuters

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