I saw this today on Business Insider – Putin says Finland and Sweden can ‘go ahead’ and join NATO, but warned the countries against hosting the alliance’s ‘military contingents and infrastructure’: https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-warns-finland-and-sweden-against-hosting-nato-infrastructure-2022-6/. Longer article.
Cheryl Teh June 30, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on Wednesday that Sweden and Finland could join NATO if they wished, but warned that Russia would “respond in kind” if either country played host to the alliance’s military forces or infrastructure.
According to Reuters, Putin made these comments to Russian state media while commenting on NATO’s formal invitation to the two countries to join the alliance.
“With Sweden and Finland, we don’t have the problems that we have with Ukraine. They want to join NATO, go ahead,” Putin told Russia’s state media, per Reuters.
“But they must understand there was no threat before, while now if military contingents and infrastructure are deployed there, we will have to respond in kind and create the same threats for the territories from which threats towards us are created,” he added.