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Russia sees Finland and Sweden joining NATO less threatening than Ukraine

Archive – Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, who was previously President and Prime Minister of Russia – -/Kremlin/dpa – Dossier

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MADRID, June 3. (Royal Blue) –

Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership is less of a threat to Russia than Ukraine’s entry, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Al Jazeera.

“The entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO – at least in the form in which it was announced – poses less of a threat to Russia than the admission of Ukraine,” Medvedev said, as TASS news agency reported.

Thus, he explained that the fact is that Russia has no territorial disputes with these countries, “which cannot be said about Ukraine”, he stressed.

On the other hand, Medvedev pointed out that the United States and Europe are supplying arms to Ukraine because this situation gives them the opportunity to wage war against Russia.

“The American and European commissioners are already saying that everything must be done to ensure Ukraine’s victory. But it is Ukraine that is fighting, not the United States or Europe. They do not want to spare the lives of Ukrainians and greedily supply the country with weapons, including the aforementioned MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems), support Ukraine financially and thus, in fact, encourage the continuation of hostilities,” Medvedev stressed. .

In his opinion, the Ukrainian government agreed to take most of the issues to the negotiating table at the start of the offensive.

“They were ready to discuss Ukraine’s neutrality status, demilitarization, denazification and – in some respects – to recognize territorial realities,” he stressed.

Medvedev assured that Ukraine then withdrew from the negotiations “because it began to receive a lot of money and weapons from Europeans and Americans”.

Thus, he stressed that Russia is focused on defending citizens and interests, not on winning the war.

In this context, Medvedev said he appreciates the “balanced, moderate and calm” position of the Arab countries, which is what the situation needs at the moment.

“I would like to say that in general, our Arab friends have an absolutely balanced, moderate and calm position, which is exactly what we need in this situation. They understand that this conflict has certain historical roots, they understand that our country tried to resolve it at the negotiating table, but at the same time they do not take sides. We appreciate this position, expressed by the majority of Arab states,” he said.

He also mentioned that Russia wants to respect “the will of the people” in the breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donetsk.

“We will analyze your will very comprehensively and we will make decisions in accordance with the Russian Constitution,” Medvedev said, when asked if Russia was willing to incorporate territories of a foreign country, such as the Ukrainian region. of Kherson and South Ossetia. .


Medvedev announced that Russia is ready to supply its grain to international markets, but must ensure that its ships will not be detained under anti-Russian sanctions.

“They (Western countries) want us to export wheat, for example, so they can stop it later, or what?” he said, adding that this scenario is “impossible”.

For Medvedev, the world food situation has worsened “because of the sanctions imposed by the Western world”.

“They tell us ‘go ahead and export’, but at the same time our commercial vessels are not maintained and attempts are made to confiscate our property,” he said.

Regarding Ukraine’s export of grain, Medvedev clarified that “he must ensure that commercial ships that are supposed to transport grain out of Ukraine no longer carry weapons into the country”.

“We need to be sure that commercial ships, for example, carrying wheat will not carry weapons there, because we do not want additional weapons to be delivered to Ukraine on board these commercial ships, under the guise of humanitarian aid or something like that,” he added. the Russian official condemned.