Russian reactions to NATO and the growth of the alliance, as well as opposition to Russia’s aggressive tactics, are increasingly blind as the Kremlin lashes out via its international propaganda channels.

Russia to boost military force if Sweden allies with NATO – Senator

“We are talking not only about some technical measures, we are talking numbers as well. Russia will increase the strength of its military forces on the northern and northwestern borders if Sweden becomes a NATO member, this also includes the North Sea Fleet,” RIA Novosti quoted Senator Evgeny Serebrennikov as saying on Friday.

NATO greedy for geopolitical space, wants to encircle those who disagree – Lavrov

“This is a mean-spirited attempt to turn the issue on its ears,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter daily.

“If Sweden decides to join NATO, we (Russians) won’t think that it intends to attack Russia,” Lavrov said.

Finland’s NATO membership could put relations with Russia at risk – Russian govt report

“Political and economic reactions may be strong, even harsh, notably during the transition phase. Even while stopping short of the use of force, specific counter-measures would be difficult to predict,” a report prepared for Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila’s government states.

In March, Russia’s envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, promised a “totally asymmetrical” response if the alliance stands by a plan to deploy new armored units to Eastern Europe. He did not elaborate on his statement, but said Russia’s actions would correspond to its “understanding of the extent of the military threat, would not be extremely expensive, but also highly effective.”

Meanwhile, in reality, a world tired of Russia’s hybrid warfare tactics: Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Sweden to discuss regional security and

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Sweden to discuss regional security and NATO-Swedish military cooperation.

“During his visit to Sweden (27 & 28 April), the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Pavel met with Swedish Minister of Defence, Mr. Peter Hultqvist and Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, General Micael Bydén to discuss regional security challenges and opportunities for enhanced military cooperation. The Chairman also had the opportunity to observe the Combined Joint Staff Exercise 2016 (CJSE 16) and visit the Life Guards Regiment, the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre and the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations.”
The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel and Swedish Minister of Defence, Mr. Peter Hultqvist focused on the evolving security environment with special emphasis on the Baltic Sea region, Sweden and NATO’s adaption to face new challenges and NATO-EU cooperation. General Pavel underlined “the strategic importance of the Baltic Sea region in terms of both economy and security and the key role of Sweden in this context. NATO and Sweden have strengthened their ties to boost situational awareness, increase defense against hybrid warfare, and do more joint training and exercises to support regional and international security”.
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Featured Image – Iskander high-precision missile system in place during military exercises. © Alexei Danichev / Sputnik, Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation