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Putin warns Russia will respond if NATO boosts Finland and Sweden's military strength

Vladimir Putin stated that Russia is not against Finland and Sweden but warned Moscow about the reaction to any expansion of military infrastructure in their territory as both countries get closer to NATO.

At a summit of Russia’s Collective Security Treaty Organisation, (CSTO), he stated that Russia should examine the plans of the US-led military alliance to expand its global influence.



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Finland and Sweden confirmed that they will apply for NATO membership despite Russia’s warnings.

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Finland shares a land border of 810 miles (1,300km), with Russia and Sweden.

For decades, both countries considered joining NATO an unneeded provocation to Moscow.

The historic shift in policy however, follows Russia’s invasion Ukraine.

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Putin stated that the United States was using NATO’s enlargement to aggrave an already fragile global security situation.

According to the Russian leader, there is no direct threat from NATO expansion that includes these countries. However, the expansion of military infrastructure in this territory would definitely provoke our response.

“What that response will be – we’ll see what threats are made for us,” stated Mr Putin. He also said: “Problems created without any reason whatsoever.” We will react accordingly.”


Other important developments

* The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zeleskyy has resigned without giving any reason. * The EU still needs to reach an agreement on a new set of sanctions against Russia, including a ban on Russian oil. Germany says this.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, Russia’s ally Belarus announced the deployment of special operation forces at the Ukraine border.

* McDonald’s claims it has begun the process of selling its Russian business, after 30+ years.

* The Kremlin is angry at the FBI’s and CIA’s reported attempts to recruit Russian embassy staff members in Washington


To unite, Russia-led CSTO military alliance must be called

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian President, urged the other members of CSTO not to fall apart and accused the West, in an attempt to destabilize Russia, of trying to prolong the conflict.

Addressing the summit in Moscow, he also said that Russia and his country could have avoided “hellish sanctions” if they had spoken together.

“Without unity, the collective West will put pressure on the post-Soviet area,” said Mr Lukashenko in his televised opening remarks. He addressed Mr Putin and the leaders from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia.


Ukrainian forces ‘reach Russian border’

This comes as Ukraine claims that its troops defending Kharkiv reached the Russian border after pushing back the invading force.

This follows the publication of a video from Ukraine’s defense ministry claiming to show Ukrainian troops at the border that divides the two countries.

It stated that the 227th Battalion of 127th Brigade of Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Forces had crossed the border.

It is not clear how many people crossed the border, or where exactly.

This northeastern Ukrainian city lies approximately 30 miles (50 km) from Russia’s border and has been subject to heavy Russian bombardments for weeks.

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