Russia to boost military in northwest as Finland joins NATO

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia said Monday it would boost its military presence in the west and northwest of the country in response to Finland joining NATO.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced earlier in the day that Finland will become the 31st member of the military alliance on Tuesday.

‘We will strengthen our military potential in the western and northwestern direction,’ Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko was quoted as saying by state news agency RIA Novosti.

‘In the event of the deployment of forces and resources of other NATO members on the territory of Finland, we will take additional steps to reliably ensure Russia’s military security,’ he added.

Russia and Finland share a 1,300-kilometre (800-mile) border…”

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