NATO won't strengthen Finland, Sweden security - Zakharova

Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson

© APA | Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson

# 15 April 2022 13:59 (UTC +04:00)

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated on Friday in case North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership is given to Finland and Sweden, it would put the two countries "on the front line of NATO," APA’s Moscow correspondent reports.

"Membership in NATO is not capable of strengthening their national security," Zakharova said in a statement. She warned that Stockholm and Helsinki's decision to join the alliance would directly affect their relations with Russia.

Earlier, it was reported that both Finland and Sweden are considering joining the alliance, even though Russia has stated it would take measures if they were to join the organization.