Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a warning to Finland, expressing concerns and threatening potential “problems” after the Nordic country joined NATO earlier this year.
In an interview published on Sunday, Putin announced that Moscow would establish a new military district in north-west Russia as a direct response to Finland’s NATO membership.
Putin’s statement suggested that the decision to include Finland in NATO had escalated tensions between the two nations.
He argued, the West dragged Finland into NATO. Asking if Russia as any disputes with the West, he answered that all disputes, including territorial ones in the mid-20th century, have long been solved.”
The Russian President further claimed that there were no pre-existing issues with Finland, but the recent development of NATO membership would introduce new challenges.