Moscow threatens to respond if NATO moves nuclear weapons closer to its borders

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Russia will act to defend itself if NATO deploys nuclear units closer to its border, the foreign ministry warned.

During an interview with Russia’s Interfax news agency on Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko did not set out any specific actions his country would take, but said it would operate in a way that guarantees its own security.

“It will be necessary to respond … by taking adequate precautions that would ensure the viability of deterrence,” Grushko said, Reuters reported.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 12: Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty images)

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JANUARY 12: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty images)
(Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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The Russian foreign minister also said he saw no reason for Finland and Sweden to join NATO, of which both countries have applied for membership since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 12: Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty images)

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JANUARY 12: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty images)
(Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Finland and Sweden are pushing for an accelerated membership application process to bolster their own military preparedness should the war in Russia spread to other parts of Europe.

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Grushko said there were no “real” reasons for the Scandinavian countries to join NATO and that Moscow has no particular hostilities towards those countries, Reuters reported.

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Russia has consistently defended its own invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation” to “denazify” the Donbas region, which borders Russia, where it previously recognized the independence of two Ukrainian regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.

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