Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, in his Telegram channel, according to the Finnish edition Yle, commented on the possible entry of Finland into NATO.
BB.LV quotes him:
“Sweden and Finland are discussing the possibility of joining NATO with bestial seriousness. The alliance itself is ready to accept them literally “under white hands.” <...> What does this mean? This means that Russia will have more officially registered opponents. NATO – thirty or thirty-two, for us as a whole is not so important. Two less, two more – there is not much difference with their significance and population. Another thing is that if Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the land borders of the alliance with the Russian Federation “will more than double. Naturally, these borders will have to be strengthened. Seriously strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense, deploy significant naval forces in the Gulf of Finland. In this case, there will be no question of any non-nuclear status of the Baltic Sea.”
Medvedev emphasizes that “attempts to drag” the Finns and Swedes into NATO, the newspaper writes, were made even before the war in Ukraine. The former Russian president believes that public opinion in Finland and Sweden on the NATO issue is “split roughly in half.”
The Finnish publication Yle recalls that it was after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine that the majority of Finns for the first time actively spoke out in favor of joining the alliance. According to polls, support among the population for NATO membership ranges from 61% to almost 70%. More than 84% of Finns now see Russia as a significant military threat.
As our publication reported, a few hours after Finland had warned Russia not to join NATO, heavy equipment noticed on the way to the Finnish border.