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Amidst Ukraine Rift, Russia Threatens Finland On NATO Membership

Amidst Ukraine Rift, Russia Threatens Finland On NATO Membership

Eastern European country, Russia has warned its neighbour, Finland of 'serious military and political' repercussions if it moves to join NATO.

They issued the information on Friday, the 25th of February following the invasion of Ukraine.

Maria Zakharova - the Russian foreign ministry spokesperson said during a weekly briefing that the addition of the country could have 'detrimental consequences'.
The prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin said that discussions on their membership 'will change' following the rift in Ukraine.

Taking to Twitter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (@MFA_Russia) wrote;

#Zakharova: We regard the Finnish government’s commitment to a military non-alignment policy as an important factor in ensuring security and stability in northern Europe.   

☝️Finland’s accession to @NATO would have serious military and political repercussions.

Both Marin and the president of Finland, Sauli Niinisto strongly condemned Russia's attack on Ukraine.

"Despite prior warnings, this morning has come as a shock for all of us and our deepest feelings are with Ukrainian people,"

Niinisto said. 

The president ruled out the possibility of Finland reacting to the events by immediately applying for NATO membership.

"(In Finland) we are now seeing quick comments for applying today and joining tomorrow. These sensitive reactions are understandable but cannot really work in the real world," 

He added.

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