: Russia threatens Sweden over NATO membership
Politics11:24 Apr. 29, 2016

Russia threatens Sweden over NATO membership

Moscow could resort to military measures if Stockholm decides to enter the alliance

Moscow threatens to take military action if its neighbour Sweden enters NATO. The Kremlin wants the states that border Russia to stay neutral thus not join the alliance. This is reported by Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sergey Lavrov.

"If Sweden joins NATO we will be forced to take certain military and technical measures, considering we will share borders with the alliance," Lavrov said in an interview with a Swedish media outlet Dagens Nyheter. 

The Minister failed to specify what measures would be taken. He said these would be decided by the Russian Ministry of Defence and the General Staff.

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"We have always warned NATO about its constant expansion towards us. You must understand, if your military infrastructure is close to our borders, we will react. Nothing personal, just business," Lavrov claimed.

Earlier Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of provoking the Russian authorities. 

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