Russia threatens US, UK and Finland with nuclear weapons if NATO expands

Vladimir Putin warned Finland’s president on Saturday that any attempt to join NATO would have a “negative” impact on relations between the two countries.

The comments followed another Russian leader’s threat to use the Satan-2 hypersonic nuclear missile to hit Britain and Finland “in just 200 seconds” — and that the weapons could also be used to target the United States. touch.

While NATO foreign ministers met in Berlin to discuss possible applications from Sweden and Finland to join the Western military alliance, Putin spoke with Finnish leader Sauli Niinisto.

Nijnisto told Putin in the phone call that the traditionally non-aligned country “will decide in the coming days whether to apply for NATO membership”.

Finland and Sweden, also traditionally neutral, are moving towards applications in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In response, Russia cut electricity supply to Finland on Friday.

Zhuravlyov threatened to attack Britain and Finland
Zhuravlyov threatened to attack Britain and Finland “in just 200 seconds”.
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Putin told Niinisto that giving up Finland “from its traditional policy of military neutrality would be a mistake, as there are no threats to Finland’s security,” the Kremlin said in a statement released after the appeal. “Such a change in the country’s foreign policy could negatively affect Russian-Finnish relations, which had been built for years in the spirit of good neighborliness and partnership, and which were mutually beneficial.”

Niinisto’s office said in a statement that he told Putin how grimly Finland’s security environment had changed after Moscow’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

The exchange came amid escalating rhetoric about the potential for NATO to expand beyond its current 30 members.

Russia would not have to move nuclear weapons to its European border to carry out its threat.
Russia would not have to move nuclear weapons to its European border to carry out its threat.
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“If Finland wants to join this bloc, then our goal is absolutely legitimate: to question the existence of this state. This makes sense,” Aleksey Zhuravlyov, 59, the deputy chairman of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, said in an interview with The Mirror. “The Finns in general should be grateful to Russia for their state, for the fact that Finland exists as a country.”

“If the United States threaten our state, it’s okay: here’s the Sarmat [Satan-2] for you, and there will be nuclear ash from you if you think Russia shouldn’t exist,” he continued. “And Finland says it is one with the US. Well, get in line.”

The Satan-2 is a ballistic missile capable of carrying 10 to 15 warheads, with an estimated destructive power of three megatons each.

“The Finns in general should be grateful to Russia for their state, for the fact that Finland exists as a country,
“The Finns in general should be grateful to Russia for their state, for the fact that Finland exists as a country,” Zhuravlyov said.
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Russia would not have to move nuclear weapons to its European border to carry out its threat, officials boasted.

“We can hit with a Sarmat [known in the West as Satan-2] from Siberia and even reaching the UK,” he said. “And if we attack from Kaliningrad… the reach time of the hypersonic is 200 seconds – so go ahead, guys.

“At the Finnish border, we will not have strategic weapons, but Kinzhal class, one that will reach Finland in 20 seconds or even 10 seconds.”

President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Victory Day.
President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Victory Day.
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Separately, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said Russia knows that NATO “wants to militarize everything at our fingertips,” Interfax news agency reported.

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