Russia shares a 1,300-kilometer border with Finland. As a result, Finland’s political strategy and diplomacy are extremely important to Russia. Recently, Finland and Sweden wanted to join NATO. Russia has reacted strongly to the issue.
Russia does not want any border country to become a member of NATO. The Baltic region is also a very important place for Russian diplomacy. That is why energy balance has been maintained in the Baltic Sea region. Russia has an agreement with Europe that no nuclear weapons can be deployed in the region.
Russia has said that if Finland and Sweden join the US-led NATO, they will no longer adhere to the balance of power in the Baltic Sea. They will be forced to stockpile nuclear weapons there.
Dmitry Medvedev, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, made the remarks. He was also President of Russia from 2006 to 2012.
According to Medvedev, the West has created a crisis in Ukraine. Now they want to create tension in other countries along the Russian border. If Finland or Sweden become members of NATO, Western forces will be able to reach the Russian border. Russia will never allow that to happen. In that case, they would have to stockpile nuclear weapons in the Baltic region.
Is Russia increasing the number of troops and weapons on the western border? The Russian administration spokesman was asked by the media. He said Putin had ordered an increase in forces along the western border. But he did not say whether nuclear weapons were stored there.
According to experts, Russia has always objected to Ukraine’s accession to NATO. Just as Russia does not want Finland to be a member of NATO, so it does not want to see Ukraine as a member of NATO. This is one of the issues for the current situation. As a result, they feel that what is happening in Ukraine today, Finland will create a similar crisis around Sweden in the future.