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How Russia Would Respond to Finnish and Swedish NATO Membership

May 16, 2022 | 18:19 GMT

NATO headquarters on Feb. 11, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium.

NATO headquarters on Feb. 11, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium.

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Russia will perceive Sweden and Finland's NATO membership as another eastward move by the alliance that would further encircle it in the Baltic region. Moscow will respond with disruptive measures, but a direct conflict between Russia and Sweden or Finland is not feasible at this time....