A few hours before Finland joined NATO, Russia took action and supplied the Iskander missile system to Belarus.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Finland’s accession to NATO would exacerbate current tensions and said: “We will take countermeasures to ensure our own security in tactical and strategic terms.” said.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Iskander missile system had been delivered to Belarus.
Shoigu, in his statement on this occasion, said: “The Iskender-M operational-tactical missile system has been handed over to the Armed Forces of Belarus. This system is capable of launching both conventional and nuclear missiles.” He said.
However, Shoigu said that the training of Belarusian personnel on the use of “Alexander” at one of the training grounds of the Russian army began yesterday, explaining this by the fact that some military aircraft of Minsk had acquired the ability to hit enemy targets with nuclear missiles.
The Russian minister also said that NATO had stepped up preparations for war and stepped up its activities near the borders with Russia and Belarus, adding that “Finland’s membership in NATO could lead to an escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian war.” said.
On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement last Saturday that Russia would complete construction of a dedicated storage facility for tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus drew sharp international criticism.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry, on the other hand, told the Russian state news agency TASS that by hosting Russian nuclear weapons it does not violate any international non-proliferation treaties, a move that was taken due to years of pressure from the West. .
“WE WILL TAKE ACTION AGAINST OUR OWN SECURITY”
On the other hand, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assessed Finland’s NATO membership in a statement to journalists in Moscow, Russia’s capital.
Noting that they have a negative view of NATO expansion in terms of Russian interests and security, Peskov said: “We believe that this will further increase the current tensions. In many ways, NATO remains an institution hostile to Russia.” used the phrase.
Stressing that Russia will take various steps regarding Finnish membership in NATO, Peskov said: “We will take countermeasures to ensure our own security, both tactically and strategically. These measures will be taken at our discretion.” He said.
Peskov stressed that they would closely monitor the process of transferring NATO infrastructure and weapons to Finland.
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