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Russia would bolster border defences if Finland joins NATO, says ambassador

Russia will need to strengthen its border defenses if Finland joins NATO. This has been warned by Russia’s ambassador to the EU.

Vladimir Chizhov spoke to Sky News’ Beth Rigby and stated that it would require “certain military technical measures”, such as raising or improving defence preparations at the Finnish border.

Finland’s leaders had earlier stated that it should apply for membership in the military alliance “without delay” in order to “strengthen its security.”



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The country shares an 800-mile border with its larger neighbor, which it invaded at the beginning of the Second World War.

The Kremlin has previously stated that Finland joining NATO is a threat and would trigger “retaliatory actions”.

According to the ambassador, such a move would “certainly require rethinking Russian defense posture”, but it wouldn’t “necessarily [involve] tanks and troops, but certain preparations definitely…like radars, perhaps”.

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Russia has sought to stop NATO’s expansion near its borders for a long time and is calling on Ukraine to abandon any plans to join.

On Thursday, the president of Finland and the prime minister of Finland made a joint statement about their ambitions for membership.

They stated that they hoped to have a decision about applying within “the next few days”.

“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. “Finland would strengthen the whole defense alliance as a NATO member,” said the statement.

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“Finland must immediately apply for NATO membership.”

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated that Finland was welcome and that the accession process would be “smooth, swift”.

In the next few days, Sweden’s neighbor is expected to make a decision on joining NATO.

The Russian ambassador to the EU also stated that the war in Ukraine, or its “specially military operation”, was proceeding as planned but wasn’t as fast as some people would have liked.

The country shifted its focus to the eastern Donbas after attempts to capture Kyiv fell apart.

Analysts say that it is still making slow advances and Ukraine claims to have regained some areas.

“Had the Russian army followed the example of US and other Western nations, we would have steamrolled Ukraine many times already.” Sky News was told that this was not the intention.

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