Sweden becomes ‘legitimate target’ by joining NATO, Russian envoy says


Sweden has summoned its Russian ambassador to Stockholm after he made vague threats about the country’s future if it joins NATO.

According to the Moscow Times, Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev warned that Sweden would become a “legitimate target” of Russian military forces if it joined the organization.

He further stated that new members of the “hostile bloc” would be subject to Russian retaliatory measures, including military action. The statement, issued via the Russian embassy’s official media, cautioned that Sweden’s pursuit of NATO membership would push it “towards the abyss,” rather than making it more secure.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tobias Billstrom has condemned the Russian ambassador’s statement, saying that Sweden’s security policy is determined by Sweden and not by any external entity. The Swedish government has summoned Tatarintsev for a meeting to address this “blatant attempt at influence.”

This warning comes amid Finland’s likelihood of joining NATO before Sweden does, due to Turkey’s opposition to the latter’s bid. Turkey accuses Sweden and Finland of being too soft on groups that it considers to be terror organizations or existential threats, such as Kurdish groups.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that Ankara has fewer problems with Finland joining NATO.

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Abhilaksh Dhankhar is a Orator, Writer, Analyzer of geopolitical scenarios and military strategies. He has attended numerous conferences around the world on politics and has been conferred with more than 5 international awards. Abhilaksh also served as esteemed jury member in diplomatic meets. His vision to expand the ideals of international diplomacy made his self-initiated project "Drona" to be recognized as top ten most sustainable projects in India. 11 times, he has been selected for Harvard's Asia conferences and international relations programs. He worked with UNESCO under project RAISE to remove the gender disparity in the society. Abhilaksh constantly likes to spread his ideas and delivers effective seminars and sessions around the world, so far teaching more than 200 youngsters.


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