although there was no threat before, in the case of the deployment of military departments and military infrastructure, we must respond symmetrically and raise the same threats in those areas where threats have risen to us,” the Russian president said, as quoted by CNN. .
“Nothing can bother us with Sweden and Finland joining NATO. If they want to join, please,” Putin added.
Sweden and Finland are officially ending decades of neutrality and joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a historic breakthrough for the alliance that will deal a blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This breakthrough came at the NATO summit in Madrid, which has already become one of the most significant meetings in the history of the military alliance.
After Turkey raised its opposition, US President Joe Biden on Wednesday thanked his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the beginning of the meeting.
“I would especially like to thank you for what you did, for putting together the situation in Finland and Sweden and for all the incredible work you are going to try to get the grain out of … Ukraine,” Biden told Erdogan. NATO summit in Madrid.
“You’re doing a great job,” Biden added.
Turkey has been negotiating with Russia on grain exports from Ukraine. Erdogan said he hoped diplomacy would help get the grain out of Ukraine, CNN reports.
“I pray that we will be able to restore the balance through diplomacy to grow positive results, especially with regard to grain,” Erdogan told Biden.
At the same time, the NATO summit began in Madrid on Tuesday, thanks to which the Western military alliance was able to show a common front against Moscow and start the process for Finland and Sweden to join the alliance.
The summit came about when Turkey removed its veto on Finland and Sweden’s bid to join NATO, ending a row testing the alliance’s unity amid the conflict in Ukraine. This agreement marks a significant change in European security dynamics as the Nordic countries abandon decades of neutrality to join the military alliance.
Source: The Nordic Page