Russia says it will ‘respond’ to possible establishment of US military bases in Finland

Archive – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova – LUIZ RAMPELOTTO / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

Russian authorities on Wednesday threatened to »respond» to the possible establishment of U.S. military bases in Finland in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has indicated that Moscow will be forced to take retaliatory measures, whether »military, technical or of another nature» to stop what it considers »threats to national security», according to information gathered by the Interfax news agency.

She also pointed out that the implementation of »concrete measures on Russia’s western borders will depend on the deployment of NATO military infrastructure and weapons systems in Finland».

In this regard, she said that the Russian authorities consider Finland’s plans to go ahead with such an agreement with the United States »as evidence of Finland’s loss of sovereignty».

»Both Finland and NATO should be aware that putting troops in northern Europe only leads to an increase in political-military tension in the region,» she said.


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