Russia to spice up navy in northwest as Finland joins NATO: diplomat

MOSCOW: Russia mentioned Monday it might increase its navy presence within the west and northwest of the nation in response to Finland becoming a member of NATO.

Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg introduced earlier within the day that Finland will grow to be the thirty first member of the navy alliance on Tuesday.

“We are going to strengthen our navy potential within the western and northwestern route,” Russian Deputy Overseas Minister Alexander Grushko was quoted as saying by state information company RIA Novosti.

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“Within the occasion of the deployment of forces and sources of different NATO members on the territory of Finland, we are going to take extra steps to reliably guarantee Russia’s navy safety,” he added.

Russia and Finland share a 1,300-kilometre (800-mile) border.

Finland and Sweden dropped a decades-long coverage of navy non-alignment and utilized to hitch the western alliance final Could within the wake of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine.

The Kremlin insisted in March that Russia was not a menace to the 2 Nordic nations and has no “dispute” with them.

Russia, nevertheless, sees NATO enlargement as an “existential” menace to its safety and has used Ukraine’s want to be part of the alliance to justify the offensive.