The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia will take military-technical measures if Sweden will decide to join NATO. He said this in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
“If Sweden decides to join NATO, we will not thoughts that the Swedes decide to attack us. I can tell you. But since the Swedish military infrastructure in that situation will already be subject to the Supreme command of NATO, of course, we are on our Northern borders will be forced to take appropriate military-technical measures, based on the fact that on the other side of the border is a military-political bloc, which considers Russia a threat and wants her in every way to restrain,” said the Minister.
To a journalist’s question about what measures there is a speech, Lavrov replied that it will solve the Ministry of defense and the General staff of Russia.
“It’s one thing when you have to the North among your neighbors of a neutral state, and another thing, when they are members of the Alliance, which, once again, we consider as reality, but which in the last period clearly declares its goal to deter Russia, calling it “a major threat”. So you can join in different NATO,” — said the head of depodesta.
He explained that in previous years, NATO and Russia were in partnership, and there was no attempt to consider each other as a threat, but now NATO is “other”. At the same time, according to Lavrov, the Alliance “is breaking” — “they’re trying to look respectable, but not at all impossible”.
Commenting on Lavrov’s statement, NATO spokesman told RIA Novosti that Sweden never applied for membership in the Alliance, and the decision on accession must be sovereign and free. He noted that Sweden is one of the most active partners of NATO and that the Alliance appreciates this partnership. In the case that Sweden decides to join NATO, it will give her political and military capabilities to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Alliance, he added.
On April 26, President Barack Obama said that Russian President Vladimir Putin considers NATO and the EU as a threat to the Russian authorities, which is a mistake. In response, Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that despite the attitude of NATO towards Russia as a threat, Moscow is “committed to develop good relations with all countries”.