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The Poked Bear
Russia Threatens Military “Countermeasures” if Sweden Joins NATO

We know that Putin, really, really hates NATO expansion, but even by the standards of today’s Russia, this is extreme: The Kremlin’s ambassador to Sweden said in an interview that Russia would take military action against Stockholm if it decides to join NATO. The Independent reports:

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Viktor Tatarinstev warned against joining the Nato alliance, saying there would be “consequences”.

Decrying what he called an “aggressive propaganda campaign” by the media, Tatarinstev stressed that “Sweden is not a target for our armed troops”.

But with a recent surge of Swedish support for joining Nato, the ambassador said: “If it happens, there will be counter measures.

“Putin pointed out that there will be consequences, that Russia will have to resort to a response of the military kind and re-orientate our troops and missiles.

“The country that joins Nato needs to be aware of the risks it is exposing itself to.”

Sweden has already borne more than its share of Russia’s increasing aggression following Moscow’s seizure of Crimea, with Kremlin jets and subs making more frequent and more serious incursions into Swedish airspace and local waters. And now this. Back in March, we reported on Russian ambassador Mikhail Vanin’s threat to nuke Danish warships in the Baltic if the country signed on with NATO’s missile shield program. Based on this story, Tatarinstev has now taken from Vanin the dubious honor of being the Russian ambassador to make the most insane threat to a northern European country yet.

Russia’s victim complex always makes itself most apparent when NATO comes up, and this story is no exception, as the ambassador really hits his stride further into the interview:

Tatarinstev blamed souring Swedish-Russian relations on a media campaign in which “Russia is often described as an attacker who only thinks of conducting wars and threatening others”.

Gee, wonder why.

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  • qet

    Where is Dan Greene to remind us that we (the US) and Sweden did something provocative recently that totally justifies the Russians in their patriotic defense of the motherland from the imperial aggressions of the neo-con hegemons?

    • Gene

      Dammit, you beat me to it. Haven’t seen Mr. Greene around lately, have you?

      • f1b0nacc1

        Perhaps his last check from Putin bounced

        • rheddles

          Note the price of oil post above. Vlad clearly knows to to cut out the deadwood.

          • f1b0nacc1

            So we all win!

  • sacip

    Somebody needs to correct the TAI Homepage re. this article. It should read “Stockholm”, not” Copenhagen”, right?

  • Daniel Richards

    Why does this article’s headline refer to Copenhagen potentially “signing up with NATO”?
    Denmark was a founding member of the alliance and has long proven important to its success in many ways.
    It is an unfortunate fact that we now live in un-edited times, especially on the Internet, but please yourselves read what you post before hitting “send”.

  • ReaganiteRepublican

    Tell the Russians to go to hell- they’re the kind of people who will bleed you dry and/or throw endless tantrums until they are told NO.

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