Putin vows to answer in kind to NATO infrastructure in Nordic nations

“We don’t have problems with Sweden and Finland as we do with Ukraine,” President Vladimir Putin says but warns Moscow will respond if NATO sets up infrastructure in these countries.

Russia has “no problem” if Finland and Sweden join NATO, President Vladimir Putin has said but warned Moscow would respond in kind if NATO sets up infrastructure in the Nordic countries. 

“We don’t have problems with Sweden and Finland as we do with Ukraine,” Putin told a news conference in the Turkmenistan capital of Ashgabat on Wednesday. 

“If Finland and Sweden wish to, they can join. That’s up to them. They can join whatever they want.” 

But Putin said that Moscow would respond in kind if NATO sets up infrastructure in Finland and Sweden after they join the US-led defence alliance.

“They must understand there was no threat before, while now if military contingents and infrastructure are deployed there, we will have to respond in kind and create the same threats for the territories from which threats towards us are created.”

Ties could sour 

He said it was inevitable that Moscow’s relations with Helsinki and Stockholm would sour over their NATO membership.

“Everything was fine between us, but now there might be some tensions, there certainly will,” he said. “It’s inevitable if there is a threat to us.”

Putin’s comment came a day after NATO ally Türkiye gave its consent to Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the alliance. 

Putin is making his first known trip abroad since the start of what Moscow calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine. 

He met Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during his visit.

Putin condemns NATO’s ‘imperial ambitions’ 

Putin also condemned what he said are NATO’s “imperial ambitions”, accusing the alliance of seeking to assert its “supremacy” through the Ukraine conflict.

“Ukraine and the wellbeing of Ukrainian people is not the aim of the collective West and NATO but a means to defend their own interests,” Putin told journalists in the Turkmenistan capital of Ashgabat. 

“The NATO countries’ leaders wish to … assert their supremacy, their imperial ambitions,” he added.

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7 comments

  1. “If Finland and Sweden wish to, they can join. That’s up to them. They can join whatever they want.”

    How to save face when totally humiliated by NATO. 6 months ago the dwarf demanded no NATO expansion, or NATO troops in countries that joined after 1997. All his demands got thrown back in his face, showing he is nothing but a bully who could never stand up to the West.

    • I think it’s because he secretly loves Nato. After all, more of its members support him than those that don’t. The only European members that are opposed to him are Britain, Poland, Pribaltika, Slovakia and Czechia. That’s a very small number out of 30.
      Nato is a sack of shit that willingly allowed itself to be dictated to by France and Germany. The latter two shit countries are complicit in genocide. They in fact funded it.

      • A hatred of Ukraine. He knows Muscovy could never stand up to NATO in a million years. Had we got a POTUS with a pair instead of a bumbling idiot, this war would never have started. All it needed was to call Putler’s bluff, and that would have been that.

  2. Awwww so nice he’s giving his permission. Can someone please tell the cockroach to shove his permission where the sun doesn’t shine!

  3. A what, exactly, would Putin use for this response? He’s already scrapping the bottom of the barrel in his attempt to take Ukraine.

  4. Putler is losing a war at the moment. He does not have the capacity to do anything about NATO infrastructure in the Nordic countries.

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