Putin condemns NATO’s ‘imperial ambitions’, warns Finland, Sweden
Aljazeera says RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin has condemned NATO’s “imperial ambitions”, accusing the military alliance of seeking to assert its “supremacy” through the Ukraine conflict.
The Russian leader also said on Wednesday that he would respond in kind if NATO deployed troops and infrastructure in Finland and Sweden after the two Nordic countries join the military alliance.
Putin made his comment a day after NATO member Turkey lifted its veto over the bid by Finland and Sweden to join the alliance when the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security.
Helsinki and Stockholm joining NATO marks one of the biggest shifts in European security in decades.
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