Russia has reignited threats against Sweden and Finland after their historic decision to try and join the Western military alliance.

Finland and Sweden will become ”targets” for Moscow if they join NATO, warned the Russian ambassador in Stockholm.

After their accession, ”the total length of the borders between Russia and NATO will almost double”,  Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev said on Tuesday.

”If it still seems to anyone that this will somehow improve Europe’s security, rest assured that the new members of the hostile bloc will become a legitimate target for Russian retaliatory measures, including those of a military nature”, he added. 

Russia has repeatedly threatened the Nordic pair after they submitted bids to join the western military alliance last May, following the outbreak of war in Ukraine.  

Though closely allied with NATO for more than two decades, the two were not formal members of the military alliance, and public opinion was firmly against joining. 

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