MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. Ukraine’s hypothetical admission to NATO might produce a situation of a territorial dispute between Russia and one of the alliance’s member-states, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Monday.
"We have no territorial disputes either with Finland or with Sweden, while Ukraine’s hypothetical admission to the alliance might produce a situation of a territorial dispute between Russia and one of the alliance’s member-states," Peskov said.
Asked about Finland’s and Sweden’s admission to NATO, Peskov said that it would by no means strengthen the architecture of security in Europe. Moscow keeps a close watch on this issue.
"There are reasons for the most profound analysis of the likely effects. We do not think, we are not certain that Finland’s and Sweden’s admission to NATO might strengthen or improve the architecture of security on our continent," Peskov said.
"This is a fundamental issue. We find it worrisome. We will keep a close watch on the effects Finland’s and Sweden’s admission to NATO would entail in practical terms to our security, which must be guaranteed absolutely unconditionally," Peskov said.
He stressed that Moscow was thoroughly monitoring the Swedish authorities’ statements their country had no intention of hosting foreign military bases or weapon systems after its admission to the alliance. "We keep a close watch on this situation and analyze it with respect to the maintaining our country’s security," he added.