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Russia warns of ‘military-technical’ steps in response to Finland’s NATO choice

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Russia has warned that it should take unspecified “military-technical” steps in response to Finland’s choice to hitch NATO.

The Russian Foreign Ministry mentioned Thursday that Finland’s accession to NATO will “inflict serious damage on Russian-Finnish relations, as well as stability and security in Northern Europe.” It mentioned in an announcement that “Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security.” The assertion famous that whereas it’s as much as Finland to determine on methods to make sure its safety, “Helsinki must be aware of its responsibility and the consequences of such a move.” The ministry charged that Finland’s transfer additionally violated previous agreements with Russia.

“History will determine why Finland needed to turn its territory into a bulwark of military face-off with Russia while losing independence in making its own decisions,” it added.

The ministry’s assertion follows Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s remark earlier Thursday that Finland’s choice wouldn’t assist stability and safety in Europe. Peskov mentioned that Russia’ response will rely on NATO’s strikes to develop its infrastructure nearer to the Russian borders.