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Russia will not leave NATO’s buildup in Sweden, Finland unretaliated — senator

Konstantin Kosachev said that he had not a shade of doubt that Sweden and Finland would join NATO

MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. Any buildup by NATO in Sweden and Finland following their accession to the alliance will not remain without a proportionate response from Russia, the Federation Council’s deputy speaker, Konstantin Kosachev, said on the Rossiya-24 round-the-clock television news channel on Tuesday.

"We will closely follow what will be happening in the wake of Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO from the standpoint of military infrastructure. Not a single development that might give NATO a stronger presence on the territories of these countries will remain unretaliated, without a proportionate, symmetric or asymmetric response from Russia," he said.

Kosachev has not a shade of doubt that Sweden and Finland will join NATO.

"These countries have made the political decision. Although certain opposition does exist, it is in the obvious minority; also, this is the consolidated global interest of NATO itself and its leader, the United States," he added.

Also, he commented on Ankara’s stance with respect to Sweden’s and Finland’s plans for joining the alliance.

"Turkey may complicate and slow down the process of Sweden’s and Finland’s admission to NATO, but as soon as it has managed to negotiate certain conditions for itself, this issue will no longer cause any objections from the Turkish leadership, because Ankara is in pursuit of its own aims and has no fundamental objections to NATO’s expansion and the admission of Finland and Sweden," Kosachev said.

The Swedish government made a decision to apply for NATO membership on Monday. The Swedish prime minister said that the application would be filed together with Finland’s in the near future. Discussions over Finland’s admission to NATO went into high gear at the beginning of April. Most parliament members came out in favor of accession to the alliance.