Russia warns Finland and Sweden against joining NATO as public support grows for joining the alliance

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Russia has warned Finland and Sweden against joining NATO saying the move would not bring more security to Europe.  

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday told reporters that „the alliance remains a tool geared towards confrontation”.


U.S defense officials have called the invasion of Ukraine a „massive strategic blunder” which is likely to result in an enlargement of the Western military alliance.

His remarks come as public support for joining the alliance grows in the Nordic countries which have traditionally been neutral. U.S. officials expect the neighbors to bid for membership as early as June.

The BBC reported that Washington is believed to support the move which would see the Western alliance grow to 32 members.

Soviet bloc

Poland became a NATO member in 1999 alongside the Czech Republic and Hungary, the first three countries of the former Soviet bloc to join the alliance.

Romania and Bulgaria joined in 2004 at the same time as the Baltic nations, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

U.S. State Department officials said last week that discussions had taken place between NATO leaders and foreign ministers from Helsinki and Stockholm.


Before it launched its invasion in February, Russia demanded that the alliance agree to halt any future enlargement. It said Ukraine’s NATO bid was one reason for its ‘special military operation,’ how it describes its invasion.

The war has led to the deployment of more NATO  troops on its eastern flank. There is a rise in public support in Sweden and Finland for membership.

Finland shares a 1,340km long border with Russia and has been rattled by the invasion of Ukraine.


Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic party, which has traditionally opposed membership, said it is rethinking this position in light of Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

Mr Peskov warned the bloc „is not that kind of alliance which ensures peace and stability, and its further expansion will not bring additional security to the European continent”.

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