Zakharova: Finland and Sweden "joining the treaty" under pressure from the United States are giving Russia freedom to act


2022-05-17: [Article Link Finland and Sweden have recently publicly expressed their desire to join NATO, and the US has expressed its support. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Zaharova, responded in an interview with Russia’s well-known programme, “Soloviyov Live,” in which he stated that Finland and Sweden, under pressure from the US, are giving Russia the freedom to act. According to the Russian News Agency, Zaharova addressed the topic of Finland and Sweden's application for membership in NATO in the programme. “What Finland and Sweden are doing under pressure in Washington today is not what the peoples of those two countries really want to do, but what their political forces want to do, which is to give Russia the freedom to act.” Zaharova claims that “the two countries, which for decades have pursued a neutral policy of not joining a military alliance, are now forcing them to change their strategic direction and course, which is also to give us the freedom to act. Zaharova did not mention, however, whether Russia would take action and what action might be taken. The Governments of Finland and Sweden decided on 15 and 16, respectively, to submit applications for NATO membership, although there have been recent popular opposition to NATO membership in both countries. The White House press secretary said on 12 local time that the United States would support the application of Finland and Sweden for membership in NATO. Since then, the application of Finland and Sweden for “accession” has been a source of dissatisfaction on the Turkish side. Russian President Putin said at the Kremlin summit of CSTO that there was “no problem” between Russia and Finland and Sweden, so that the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO would not pose a direct threat to Russia. But the expansion of NATO's military infrastructure in the territories of the two countries will inevitably give rise to a Russian response, “depending on the threats posed to the Russian side”. Putin also claims that NATO’s expansion is an artificially created problem based solely on US diplomatic interests. NATO has become a country’s foreign-policy tool, contributing to the deterioration of the international security situation.


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Zakharova: Finland and Sweden "joining the treaty" under pressure from the United States are giving Russia freedom to act


2022-05-17: [Article Link Finland and Sweden have recently publicly expressed their desire to join NATO, and the US has expressed its support. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Zaharova, responded in an interview with Russia’s well-known programme, “Soloviyov Live,” in which he stated that Finland and Sweden, under pressure from the US, are giving Russia the freedom to act. According to the Russian News Agency, Zaharova addressed the topic of Finland and Sweden's application for membership in NATO in the programme. “What Finland and Sweden are doing under pressure in Washington today is not what the peoples of those two countries really want to do, but what their political forces want to do, which is to give Russia the freedom to act.” Zaharova claims that “the two countries, which for decades have pursued a neutral policy of not joining a military alliance, are now forcing them to change their strategic direction and course, which is also to give us the freedom to act. Zaharova did not mention, however, whether Russia would take action and what action might be taken. The Governments of Finland and Sweden decided on 15 and 16, respectively, to submit applications for NATO membership, although there have been recent popular opposition to NATO membership in both countries. The White House press secretary said on 12 local time that the United States would support the application of Finland and Sweden for membership in NATO. Since then, the application of Finland and Sweden for “accession” has been a source of dissatisfaction on the Turkish side. Russian President Putin said at the Kremlin summit of CSTO that there was “no problem” between Russia and Finland and Sweden, so that the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO would not pose a direct threat to Russia. But the expansion of NATO's military infrastructure in the territories of the two countries will inevitably give rise to a Russian response, “depending on the threats posed to the Russian side”. Putin also claims that NATO’s expansion is an artificially created problem based solely on US diplomatic interests. NATO has become a country’s foreign-policy tool, contributing to the deterioration of the international security situation.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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