Russia speaks of retaliatory measures after Sweden joined NATO

Russia speaks of retaliatory measures after Sweden joined NATO

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova referred to actions of a “militarytechnical nature” and “other”

Russia announced on Wednesday (February 28) that it would take “technicalmilitary measures” and other measures to protect itself from Sweden's accession to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). Hungary agreed on Monday (February 26) for the Nordic country to join the union. The information comes from Portal.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the country would “closely” monitor Sweden’s actions in the union and its practical membership. She called the USled military alliance “aggressive” and mentioned that the Kremlin would respond with “retaliatory measures of a militarytechnical nature” and “others.”

“Sweden's entry into NATO is accompanied by a continued rise in antiRussian hysteria in the country, which, unfortunately, is encouraged by the Swedish political and military leadership, but whose main source lies abroad. It is not the Swedes themselves who make the choice; “This decision was made for the Swedes,” he added.

The Russian Embassy in Stockholm also mentioned military measures in its Telegram account on Tuesday (February 27), saying they depend on the presence of NATO troops and equipment in Sweden.

On Monday (February 26), the Hungarian parliament approved Sweden's entry into the military alliance. There were 188 yes votes and 6 no votes. The Legislative House has 199 members.

The country was the final obstacle to Swedish membership in the alliance, as other NATO members had agreed to the Nordic country's entry. To join the organization, all 31 members must agree. Otherwise the candidate country will be denied membership of the Community.

Sweden applied to join NATO along with Finland in May 2022, but faced resistance from Turkey and Hungary. The Turkish parliament approved the candidacy on January 23, making it the secondtolast country to give its approval.

The Hungarians blocked membership because of the Swedish government's criticism of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government. However, after Turkey's approval, the Hungarian Prime Minister resumed negotiations on the issue.