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Nordic nations’ bid to join Nato draws muted response from Putin… for now

Missy Ryan


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Valdimir Putin. Photo: Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via Reuters

Valdimir Putin. Photo: Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via Reuters

Valdimir Putin. Photo: Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via Reuters

Russia may have a muted response to Finland and Sweden’s decision to seek Nato membership despite earlier threats of retaliation, president Vladimir Putin suggested on Monday, as the Kremlin reckons with the transformation of Europe’s security order triggered by its invasion of Ukraine.

Putin said Finland and Sweden’s entry into Nato did not represent an imminent danger to Russia, even though their accession, if finalised, would add hundreds of miles to ­Russia and Nato’s shared border.


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