The Russian ambassador to Sweden has claimed that Moscow would take “countermeasures” should Sweden join the military alliance.
Viktor Tatarinstev made the threat during an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. He said that there would be “consequences” if Sweden became the latest nation to join NATO, writes Zachary Davis Boren for The Independent.
Potential NATO membership provokes opposition from Russia
Tatarinstev claimed that “Sweden is not a target for our armed troops,” despite what he called an “aggressive propaganda campaign” in the Swedish media.
The Swedish public has increasingly displayed support for the country to join NATO, and Tatarinstev warned “if it happens, there will be counter measures.”
“Putin pointed out that there will be consequences, that Russia will have to resort to a response of the military kind and re-orientate our troops and missiles,” he said. “The country that joins Nato needs to be aware of the risks it is exposing itself to.”