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Russia will act to defend itself should NATO deploy nuclear-capable military units closer to its border, its foreign ministry has warned.
In an interview with Russia’s Interfax news agency on Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko did not outline the specific steps his country would take, but said it would operate in a way that ensures its own security.
“It will be necessary to respond … with adequate precautionary measures that would ensure the viability of the deterrent,” Grushko said, Reuters reported.
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Russia’s foreign minister also said he saw no reason for Finland and Sweden to join NATO, which the two countries have sought to join since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Finland and Sweden are seeking an expedited membership application process, to bolster their own military preparedness should Russia’s war spread to other parts of Europe.
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Grushko said there were no “real” reasons for the Nordic countries to join NATO and that Moscow had no particular hostility towards these countries, Reuters reported.
Russia has always defended its own invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation” to “denazify” the Donbass region, neighboring Russia, where it previously recognized the independence of two Ukrainian regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.
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