Russia threatens: If Finland or Sweden joins NATO, they will face a serious reaction from Moscow

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that if Finland or Sweden wanted to join the NATO military alliance, they would face a serious reaction from Moscow.

According to Russian media, Ms. Zakharova told a news conference in Moscow that either of the two northern European countries would face serious military and political consequences if they wanted to join NATO.

“We consider the Finnish government’s commitment to a non-military policy to be an important factor in ensuring security and stability in Northern Europe,” he said.

Last month, the Finnish prime minister said that it was very unlikely that Finland would apply to join NATO during his presidency.