Russia warns Sweden and Finland against their possible accession to NATO and claims that such a move will not bring stability to Europe. TASR received the report on Monday from the BBC’s website, which referred to statements by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to the BBC, Peskov called the Alliance a “tool for confrontation”. Citing unnamed officials on Monday, The Times reported that Finland and Sweden were clearly ready to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as early as this summer. According to The Times, US officials said NATO’s membership in both Nordic countries was “a topic of debate and multiple meetings” during last week’s meeting of Alliance foreign ministers, which was also attended by representatives of Sweden and Finland. According to the British daily, Washington is convinced that such a step will increase the pressure on the Russian army and expand the Western alliance from 30 to 32 members as a direct consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ruling Swedish Social Democratic Party opened an internal debate on Monday as to whether Stockholm should apply for NATO membership, AFP writes. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stressed the benefits of membership in the Alliance on Monday in an interview with the Yle radio station, writes the DPA.
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