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Russia will act to defend itself should NATO deploy nuclear-capable military units closer to its border, its foreign ministry warned.
Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko did not detail any specific measures his country would take in an interview with Russia’s Interfax news agency on Saturday, but said it would operate in a way that ensured its own security.
“It will be necessary to respond… by taking reasonable precautions that will ensure the viability of deterrence,” Grushko said, Reuters reported.
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The Russian foreign minister also said he sees no reason for Finland and Sweden to join NATO, which both countries have been aspiring to join since Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
Finland and Sweden are seeking an accelerated membership application process to boost their own military preparedness should Russia’s war spread to other parts of Europe.
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Grushko said there are no “real” reasons for the Nordic countries to join NATO and Moscow does not harbor any particular animosity towards these countries, Reuters reported.
Russia has consistently defended its own invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation” to “denazify” the Donbass region, which borders Russia, where it previously recognized the independence of two Ukrainian regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.
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