Vladimir Putin vows to fight Finland and Sweden in horror NATO warning – war fears explode | World | News

The Scandinavian countries are currently not members of the military alliance, preferring to remain neutral. They are, however, part of NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme. The Russian leader’s decision to invade Ukraine has focused people’s minds and reopened the debate on the future membership of the two countries.

The Swedish and Finnish prime ministers were invited last week to an emergency summit with NATO leaders to discuss the war in Ukraine.

Their participation prompted a quick and chilling warning from the Kremlin.

Maria Zakharova, Russian foreign affairs spokeswoman, said: “All members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, including Finland and Sweden, have reaffirmed the principle that the security of a country cannot be built at the expense of the security of others”.

She added: “Obviously, the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO, which is above all a military alliance as you well understand, would have serious military and political consequences, which would oblige our country to take countermeasures.”

NATO officials have denied that there were any talks about future membership for Finland and Sweden.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, said the talks focused only on plans to strengthen member countries’ defenses against a future Russian attack.

Discussions also took place on how to provide assistance to Ukraine as the Russian invasion unfolds.

Sanna Marin, Finland’s prime minister, has never been a strong supporter of NATO membership.

In January, she said her country had no plans to join the military alliance in the near future.

However, Finland’s prime minister appears to have changed his mind following Russia’s unprovoked attack on its western neighbour.

She told national TV channel Yle last week: “Finland is ready to apply for NATO membership if the issue of national security becomes acute.

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Intelligence reports claim that Russian military units are within 30 km of the capital, Kyiv.

However, they encountered fierce resistance and reportedly suffered heavy casualties.

The Ukrainian military claimed to have killed more than 3,500 “Russian occupiers”, as well as destroying significant Russian military armor.

Germany has decided to supply weapons to Kiev, after having initially ruled out this decision.

On Saturday, the German Chancellor announced that Berlin would send 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles to Ukraine.

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