Russia Vows To Move Nuclear Weapons To Baltic Sea Region If Finland And Sweden Decide To Join NATO

For those who say NATO cannot challenge Russia out of fears of his vague threats that he may use some form of nuclear weapons I present the next blackmail / extortion from Putin to get what he wants.   Yes and he will keep doing it if it works as will every other authoritarian fascist government.    I would point out that moving missiles is not needed as Russia has plenty of them that can fly very long distances and would easily reach Finland and Sweden. 

The Washington Post reports:

Russia warned Finland and Sweden on Thursday that if they join NATO, Moscow will reinforce the Baltic Sea region, including by deploying nuclear weapons.

Dmitry Medvedev, a Putin ally who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said Thursday that NATO expansion would lead Russia to strengthen air, land and naval forces to “balance” military capability in the region.

“If Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the land borders of the alliance with the Russian Federation will more than double. Naturally, these boundaries will have to be strengthened,” he wrote on Telegram.

Read the full article.

Russia threatens to move nukes to Baltic region if Finland, Sweden join NATO

Russia warned Finland and Sweden on Thursday that if they join NATO, Moscow will reinforce the Baltic Sea region, including with nuclear weapons.

The threat came a day after Finnish officials suggested that their country could request to join the 30-member military alliance within weeks and as Sweden mulled making a similar move.

 

Finland moves closer to joining NATO

Helsinki and Stockholm are officially nonaligned militarily, but they are reconsidering their status in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — leading to escalated warnings from Russia.

Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said Thursday that NATO expansion would lead Moscow to strengthen air, land and naval forces to “balance” military capability in the region.

 

“If Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the land borders of the alliance with the Russian Federation will more than double. Naturally, these boundaries will have to be strengthened,” he wrote on Telegram.

 

“There can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic — the balance must be restored,” Medvedev said.

Putin’s war moves Finland and Sweden closer to joining NATO

His comments echo those of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who told British media last week that if the two Nordic countries join NATO, Russia would be forced to “rebalance the situation.” He added, “We’ll have to make our western flank more sophisticated in terms of ensuring our security.”

Putin cited his opposition to NATO expansion as the rationale for his invasion of Ukraine. His war may do the very thing he sought to prevent: cause the alliance’s membership to increase.

 

Adding Finland and Sweden to NATO would redraw Northern Europe’s security picture, bringing the alliance’s border right to the more than 800-mile Finnish-Russian frontier.

A key tenet of NATO is Article 5, an agreement that an armed attack on one member will be viewed as an attack on all, with an obligation for mutual defense. In both Finland and Sweden, that sounds increasingly appealing.

What is NATO, and why isn’t Ukraine a member?

In both countries, Russia’s attack on its neighbor Ukraine has led to a sharp shift in public sentiment on NATO, with more people supporting membership.

 

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Wednesday that her country was reviewing the decision but could move quickly.

 

“We have to be prepared for all kinds of actions from Russia,” Marin told reporters. “I won’t give any kind of timetable when we will make our decisions, but I think it will happen quite fast — within weeks, not within months.”

Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats, who have traditionally opposed NATO membership, have also said they will review their position in the coming months.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels last week that both countries meet alliance standards and would be welcomed should they wish to join.

“There are no other countries that are closer to NATO,” he said.

2 thoughts on “Russia Vows To Move Nuclear Weapons To Baltic Sea Region If Finland And Sweden Decide To Join NATO

  1. Of course it’s a threat … but if they DO join NATO and IF Putin proceeds with his threat, wouldn’t they, as members of NATO, be eligible for protection against Putin/Russia?

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    1. Hello Nan. Yes they would. But Ukraine wanted to join NATO for years. Two NATO members blocked it. But must a democracy be a party in NATO to get help defending against a dictatorship?

      There is something interesting I just learned watching CNN but I did not post because you and Jill and perhaps more people wouldn’t be able to understand it. Russia has tactical nukes and its defense stance has no distinction on their use. According to Gen. Wesley Clark the US did away with all its tactical nukes and our defense stance doesn’t allow for their use. They included things like Ammo made with radioactive material. Russia sees no reason not to use them during normal warfare. They don’t need to be backed into a corner. There is talk that Russia might be planning to use them in Ukraine now that they have not been as successful as they thought they would be.

      A tactical nuclear weapon (TNW) or non-strategic nuclear weapon[1] is a nuclear weapon which is designed to be used on a battlefield in military situations, mostly with friendly forces in proximity and perhaps even on contested friendly territory. Generally smaller in explosive power, they are defined in contrast to strategic nuclear weapons, which are designed mostly to be targeted at the enemy interior away from the war front against military bases, cities, towns, arms industries, and other hardened or larger-area targets to damage the enemy’s ability to wage war.

      Tactical nuclear weapons include gravity bombs, short-range missiles, artillery shells, land mines, depth charges, and torpedoes which are equipped with nuclear warheads. Also in this category are nuclear armed ground-based or shipborne surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and air-to-air missiles. Small, two-man portable or truck-portable tactical weapons (sometimes misleadingly referred to as suitcase nukes), such as the Special Atomic Demolition Munition and the Davy Crockett recoilless rifle (recoilless smoothbore gun) have been developed, but the difficulty of combining sufficient yield with portability could limit their military utility. In wartime, such explosives could be used for demolishing “chokepoints” to enemy offensives, such as at tunnels, narrow mountain passes, and long viaducts.

      There is no exact definition of the “tactical” category in terms of range or yield of the nuclear weapon.[2][3] The yield of tactical nuclear weapons is generally lower than that of strategic nuclear weapons, but larger ones are still very powerful, and some variable-yield warheads serve in both roles. For example, the W89 200 kiloton warhead was intended to arm both the tactical Sea Lance anti-submarine rocket-propelled depth charge and the strategic bomber-launched SRAM II stand off missile. Modern tactical nuclear warheads have yields up to the tens of kilotons, or potentially hundreds, several times that of the weapons used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Specifically on the Korean Peninsula, with a nuclear North Korea facing off against a NPT-compliant South Korea, there have been calls to request a return of US-owned and -operated, short range, low yield nuclear weapons (called “tactical” by the US military) to provide a local strategic deterrent to the North’s growing domestically-produced nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.[4]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tactical_nuclear_weapon

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