“Reason to force a symmetrical response”: Russia in direct threat following Finland’s announcement

After Finland announced this morning (Thursday) its intention to join NATO, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying the message “definitely” poses a threat to Russia. He further noted during a conference call with reporters that Finland’s steps are “cause for remorse” and “reason for forcing a symmetrical response”.

As mentioned, Finland shares a border of more than a thousand kilometers with Russia, and over the years has known complex relations with Moscow. For years the country has tried to maintain a neutral relationship with them, certainly in the military aspect, and despite the relationship with NATO – so far they have refrained from joining the organization.

Training of the Finnish Army (Photo: Lehtikuva / Lauri Heino via REUTERS)

Diplomats and officials quoted by the British Guardian said a similar announcement by Sweden to join the North Atlantic military alliance was expected to come later, as it would certainly not want to be the only Nordic country outside the alliance. According to them, the reason for this is the Russian invasion of Ukraine that “reshapes security on the continent and the trans-Atlantic military alliance.”

This is expected to provoke angry reactions in Moscow, which has previously noted that “the expansion of the organization poses a direct threat to Russia’s security.” In Russia, the two have been warned in the past, and even threatened that joining them could have “serious political and military consequences.”

By Editor