Russia Warns Against NATO Expansion In Sweden And Finland

NATO Expansion in Nordics Would Force Response, Says Russia -- Voice of America

KIRKENES, NORWAY — Any expansion of NATO to include Sweden and Finland would upset the balance of power and force Russia to respond, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday, underscoring Moscow's unease over moves to bring the Western alliance closer to its border.

Although Sweden and Finland are not actively seeking membership, both nations cooperate extensively with NATO and have openly debated the possibility of joining.

Speculation over Sweden mounted after it warned earlier this year that its defense capabilities were alarmingly limited. It was embarrassed in April when it could not respond to Russian military jets nearing its border, according to media reports.

Finland shares a long boundary with Russia.

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My Comment: Sweden and Finland are not going to join NATO .... but such is the nervousness in Russia today.

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