If Sweden and Finland joined NATO Russia would have to deploy its nuclear weapons in the region, said Deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev.
“If Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the alliance’s land borders with the Russian Federation will more than double. Naturally, these borders will have to be strengthened,” Dmitry Medvedev wrote on his official Telegram channel on Thursday.
Moscow also added, such a development would more than double the length of the military alliance’s land borders with Russia.
This threat came as Sweden and Finland are considering joining NATO following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine which both countries have shown support for.
Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow will respond, when that happened.
“There can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic – the balance must be restored..
“Until today, Russia has not taken such measures and was not going to,” he said, but added land borders “will have to be strengthened”.