Russia has vowed to take “retaliatory steps” in response to Finland’s announcement that it plans to apply to join NATO.
“Moscow will be left with no choice but to respond to Finland’s decision to join the military alliance,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“Finland joining NATO is a radical change in the country’s foreign policy.”
“Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to stop threats to its national security arising,” the ministry said.
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