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How can Russia respond to Finnish and Swedish entry into NATO? (Opinion)

27th July 2022 - 11:00 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Yerevan


Russian troops returning after an exercise in Belarus in 2021. (Photo: TASS)

Russian options are limited to express displeasure at NATO expansion into Finland and Sweden.

One of the major geopolitical changes in Europe arising from the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War was the decision by Finland and Sweden to join NATO – despite the fact that one of the Russian pretexts to start the war was the possibility of Ukraine joining the alliance. That fact may make many analysts nervous as they expect a strong reaction from Moscow.

But are hardline options really available, and what is the real Russian position on Sweden and Finland joining NATO? Where is the “red line” for Moscow?

The official Russian reaction to the likely enlargement of NATO in northern Europe

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Leonid Nersisyan


Leonid Nersisyan

Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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