Volodin responded to Stoltenberg about NATO near the borders with the phrase “rejoices early”
The Secretary General, after Turkey agreed to support the membership of Finland and Sweden, said that with their entry into the ranks of NATO, President Vladimir Putin “will get more NATO at the Russian borders.” “I didn’t study geography at school,” Volodin reacted
State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in response to the words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that Russia “will get more NATO” at his borders, said that he “rejoices early.”
“I didn’t study geography at school. In the event that Finland and Sweden join the NATO bloc, there will be more Russia at its borders, — Volodin wrote on Telegram.
On June 28, Stoltenberg said that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who insisted on NATO's refusal to expand, achieved the opposite: with the entry of Finland and Sweden, he “will get more NATO at the Russian borders.”
At a meeting on the eve of the NATO summit in Madrid, Turkey agreed to support the membership of these northern European countries in the alliance. Helsinki and Stockholm managed to settle all issues with Ankara, which initially objected to their joining the bloc.
The day before, NATO at the summit officially invited Finland and Sweden to join the ranks of the bloc, which “will make them more secure, NATO— stronger, and the Euro-Atlantic region— safer". Now, the accession of countries will have to be approved by the parliaments of 30 states that are members of the alliance.
If Finland and Sweden “feel better and calmer” by becoming NATO members, “to your health,” said Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev. At the same time, Moscow will be ready for retaliatory actions and will strengthen its borders, since the length of NATO’s land borders with Russia will more than double, Medvedev noted.
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