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NATO enlargement and Putin

Posted by M H on May 16, 2022 - 3:26pm Edited 5/16 at 3:26pm

Plans to accept Finland and Sweden into NATO are a problem, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday 16th May. According to him, Russia would have to react if the Alliance expanded its military infrastructure. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced on Monday that her country had officially decided to apply for NATO membership. Finnish parliament members are now debating the same move.
Sweden has relied on neutrality for years, but has reconsidered its position over the course of this year's Russian invasion of Ukraine.The Swedish prime minister announces the decision after a three-hour debate. She thinks there is a large public support for this step. Sweden's planned entry into the Alliance, which with Finland should grow to 32 members, will redraw the geopolitical map of northern Europe, according to Reuters.

  Swedish Prime Minister

 Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson says Europe and Sweden "are living now in a new and dangerous reality". But she also said that Sweden does not want any nuclear weapons on its territory. A date for the formal application is still unclear because Sweden will send in its application together with Finland. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marino have spoken out in recent days about joining NATO.
Putin did not specify what steps Moscow would take if NATO infrastructure was moved to Finland and Sweden. "We'll see what threats he creates for us," he said. "There is a problem here created for no reason. We will respond accordingly " he added.

   NATO members in blue, grey are neutral states
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Moscow considered such a move worrying and would monitor the implications for its security. "We are convinced that the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO will not strengthen or improve the security architecture of our continent," he said. 
At the same time  some of the biggest ever Nato military exercises in the Baltics are taking place in Estonia and Latvia.
Putin also said that Russia had no problems with Sweden or Finland and that the enlargement of the Alliance was in the interests of the United States. "The US-led military alliance is working to increase its global influence," he said.

Germany welcomes NATO's enlargement to include Finland and Sweden, said German Foreign Minister Baerbock.

It seems any calming down of the political situation is out of sight.

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johnnorman Sadly, I think Putins assessment is incorrect. He seems paranoid about the expansion of the NATO as an expression of the Wests wishes to take over Russia when the only aggression we have seen (in Europe ) has come from Russia. I wish they would all go back to their own respective sandpits and stop killing innocent women and children.
May 21, 2022 at 5:12am
Corneliu Boghian thanks for sharing
May 19, 2022 at 8:35pm
M H Just now discussion going on as Turkey is against membership of Sweden and Norway in NATO. I think the dealings will be still complicated.
May 18, 2022 at 12:42pm
Saidu Sesay Thanks for sharing
May 18, 2022 at 11:16am
Joseph Stasaitis Thanks for sharing this. Much appreciated.
May 17, 2022 at 1:06pm
Don Kepple Sadly, I believe that Putin's assessment is correct. The military industrial complex, the US government in particular, is doing everything it can to poke the bear, to start another needless war. And with a nuclear power. For what? Money? Or is it simply to satisfy their lust for death? The global elites goal of depopulation, since their pandemic and poison vaccines aren't yet working as planned, continues.
May 17, 2022 at 4:19am