Moscow warns of ‘military-technical’ measures in retaliation against Finland’s NATO decision


Russia may be forced to take retaliatory “military-technical” measures that could spark an “all-out nuclear war” under Finland’s historic decision to join NATO, Moscow warned.

The Kremlin comes a day after reports came out that the Kremlin had told Finnish politicians it could cut Russian gas supplies as early as Friday, following a move the Russian foreign ministry called a “radical change” to policy.

“Russia is obliged to take retaliatory measures of a military, technical and other nature to prevent a threat to national security from arising,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It came after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent shockwaves into Europe, allowing Sweden to do the same within days of Finland’s alliance with a military alliance. If Helsinki joins NATO, the alliance and Russian borders will more than double in length.

Kremlin spokeswoman Dmitry Peskov earlier said Finland had taken “unfriendly measures” against Russia.

Peskov added the following about possible responses: “It all depends on how the expansion process of this NATO expansion progresses and the degree to which the military infrastructure gets closer to our borders.”

President of Finland Sauli Ninisto

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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marie

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There were reports on Thursday that Russia could cut off gas supplies to Finland, but Moscow rejected it as “possibly fake”.

Earlier this month, the Finnish government said it had prepared for a possible shutdown of gas supplies by its eastern neighbors in response to Finland’s refusal to pay Russia’s request for gas payment in rubles.

About 60-70% of Finland’s gas use comes from Russia, but according to national statistics, it only accounted for 5% of Finland’s total energy consumption last year. Petroleum, wood-based biomass and nuclear power are the main energy sources.

Kyiv’s success in deterring a Russian attack was partly due to NATO’s filtering of military vehicles, weapons and other support through its member states bordering Ukraine.

Finland argued that the decision to attempt to join NATO was due to Russian actions.

“You (Russia) caused this. Look in the mirror.” Finnish President Sauli Ninisto said:

On Thursday, the Finnish president and prime minister said Finland would apply “without delay” to join the NATO military alliance.

General views of the Finnish Parliament during a session on the topic of NATO member states in Helsinki

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“Now that the moment of decision-making draws near, we express our equal views to inform parliamentary bodies and political parties,” Niinisto and Sanna Marin said in a joint statement.

“NATO member countries will strengthen Finland’s security.”

Sweden is also expected to make a decision to join NATO in the next few days and is expected to fully follow in the footsteps of its neighbor Finland.

But in a speech on Friday, Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said the risk of a Russian reaction could increase if the country applies for NATO membership.

Sweden avoided a military alliance for more than 200 years, but Finland adopted neutrality after losing to the Soviet Union in World War II.

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