Russia says Finland, Sweden entry to Nato is ‘destabilizing’

Moscow, Jun 29 (EFE).- Sweden and Finland’s accession to Nato will destabilize global security, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.

“We consider the expansion of the North Atlantic alliance to be a purely destabilizing factor in international affairs,” Sergey Riabkov said according to Interfax news agency.

“It does not add security either to those who are expanding it, those joining it, or to other countries that perceive the alliance as a threat,” the deputy foreign minister added.

Riabkov also referred to the Nato Summit taking place in Madrid and said that the Alliance would define Russia as the main threat to transatlantic security.

“The Summit in Madrid consolidates the course of this bloc towards aggressive containment of Russia,” he said.

The deputy minister added that Nato’s intention to declare Russia a threat bore “no relation to reality.”

“It is precisely the Alliance that poses a threat to us,” he said.

The accession of the Nordic countries into Nato, which had been previously blocked by Turkey, was made possible following a consensus reached between the three countries in which Stockholm and Helsinki agreed to address Turkey’s concerns over Kurdish guerilla fighters who have sought refuge in Sweden and Finland which Ankara considers terrorists. EFE


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