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Russia claims Washington has forced Moscow to act

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Maria Zakharova – Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Photo: RT

By calling on Finland and Sweden to join NATO, Washington forced Moscow to act, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

“What Finland and Sweden have done, especially under pressure from Washington, will force Russia to act,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

“The US is forcing countries that have pursued a policy of neutrality for decades to change their course and strategic direction,” Zakharova said on Soloviov Live.

On May 17, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that all member states of the European Union (EU) would support Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

“If Finland and Sweden become members of NATO, they will get strong support, I’m sure,” Borrell said.

He also expressed hope that the alliance would overcome Turkey’s objections to allowing Sweden and Finland to join NATO.

Earlier on May 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would not agree to Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

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