Lavrov threatens: Russia will respond to the entry of new members into NATO

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today in Antalya, Turkey, that Russia will deploy additional weapons in the newly formed Moscow and Leningrad Military Districts in response to the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO

by Sededin Dedovic
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Lavrov threatens: Russia will respond to the entry of new members into NATO
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Today in Antalya, Turkey, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed serious concern over the recent decisions of Finland and Sweden to join the NATO alliance. Considering that these steps are seriously disrupting the long-standing good-neighborly relations, Lavrov announced Russia's decisive response to this situation.

Speaking at a press conference after the Diplomatic Forum, Lavrov emphasized that Russia will take concrete steps to protect its interests and security. As part of that strategy, additional military resources are planned to be deployed in the newly formed Moscow and Leningrad Military Districts.

According to Lavrov, this will enable an adequate response to potential threats that could arise from the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO. He added that this should have been an expected development due to the threat to the Russian border from the west.

The situation in the Arctic region is also attracting attention, especially considering the start of a large military exercise called "Nordic Response" in Norway. This exercise, which will last until March 14, gathers around 20,000 soldiers from NATO countries and future members, including Sweden.

It is expected that this exercise will further deepen military cooperation among the allies and provide an opportunity to strengthen security in the region. However, the Kremlin believes that it is planning an attack on Russian territory because of the place where the exercises are held.

Finland's entry into NATO in 2023, together with the recently approved decision of the Hungarian Parliament on Sweden's accession to NATO, has caused political turbulence in the region. The postponement of the reception ceremony of Sweden as the 32nd member of NATO at the headquarters of the alliance in Brussels, planned for March 1, is an additional reflection of the complexity of the current situation.

These changes in the geopolitical landscape of the Baltic and Arctic regions also pose challenges for countries outside the NATO alliance. Russia is showing determination to protect its interests and security, while at the same time, military cooperation between allies continues to develop to ensure stability or, as the Russians say, planning an attack on Russia.

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