Moscow threatens to respond if NATO moves nuclear weapons closer to its borders

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Russia will act to defend itself should Born deploy nuclear– Capable military units closer to its border, its foreign ministry warned.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko did not outline any specific actions his country would take during an interview with Russian news agency Interfax on Saturday, but said he would take steps to ensure his own safety.

“It will be necessary to respond … by taking appropriate precautionary measures that would ensure the viability of the deterrence,” Grushko said, Reuters reported.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 12: Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images )

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JANUARY 12: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images )
(Photo by Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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The Russian foreign minister also said he does not see a reason for Finland and Sweden to join NATO, which both countries have been calling for since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 12: Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images )

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JANUARY 12: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko attends the NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images )
(Photo by Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Finland and Sweden are seeking an accelerated membership application process to strengthen their military readiness should the Russian war spread to other parts of Europe.

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Grushko stated that there were no “real” reasons for the Nordic countries to join NATO and that Moscow has no particular hostility towards those countries. Reuters reported.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that could punish journalists with up to 15 years in prison for reporting so-called “fake” news about his military invasion of Ukraine.
(Yuri Kochetkov / Pool)

Russia has consistently defended its invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation” to “denazify” the Donbas region, which borders Russia, where it previously recognized the independence of two Ukrainian regions, Donetsk and Luhansk.

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