​​​​​​​NATO expands, Russia exploits that... How will Moscow respond to Finland and Sweden?

NATO countries seek to blockade Russia, but researchers say the latter has the firepower and economic power to respond, while a British researcher has considered Russia's military movements in its vicinity unrelated to NATO, and that Moscow invented it to wage an "imperialist war of aggression."

NATO launched a vision of strategic change inside and outside Europe during its annual summit in the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Wednesday, June 29.

The meeting ended with the issuance of a new "strategic concept", which classifies Russia as an adversary, as viewed by the Alliance as its greatest direct threat, and China as an enemy that should not be underestimated, requiring a coherent strategy to counter the threat it could pose.

On this, international relations researcher Ali Yahya said during a special talk to ANHA’s agency: "After having renounced Sweden's historical neutrality for more than 200 years, and Finland from the Second World War, there is no doubt that their accession to NATO, which will add 1,300 km, will add to the latter's borders from Russia. constitutes a blow to Russia's efforts to prevent the extension of the Alliance towards its borders, in weakening it, it has become more harmonious, coordinated and powerful after the date of 24 February, as opposed to Russia, which to date is still fighting alone. "

On the impact of this on Russia, political analyst and specialist in Russian Affairs Dr. Mirzad Hajim says: "Finland and Sweden have no problems with Russia and their entry into the Alliance is by putting pressure on them. We know very well that the world is on the cusp of economic collapses and a major recession that threatens the world in various important areas, the most important of which is health food security and energy.

As to the nature of Russia's response to the accession of Nordic countries to the anti-Russian NATO alliance, Hajim says: "The response will be reciprocal and we know that Finland relies heavily on Russian energy and the Russian market, there will be military deployment on those borders, Russia is a vast state and owns what makes it to live alone even though it is not alone today with powerful countries, playing a global role and owning ports on warm seas."

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said Wednesday that "his country is not afraid" of US President Joe Biden's announcement to strengthen the US military presence in Europe, adding that the US and Europe "will not get the results they expect from these efforts."

Russian officials' statements in this context that Moscow is indifferent to NATO expansion, and Dr. Mirzad Hajim agrees with this and says: "Russia is already not afraid of any military presence in Europe but Russia is asking If the establishment of NATO was to confront the Warsaw Pact, why today is Russia threatening to deploy across its borders, we know West and NATO were involved in a lot of countries and left nothing but chaos. the message of Henry Kissinger to the Davos Conference was clear in this regard whenever Russia was pressed, Russia would go to China, which would lose the European safe zone to the Chinese tide and the success of the Silk Road project. "

The Russian expert, Imad al-Tafili, in the same context explains Russia's indifference: "Russia's indifference is caused by its confidence in its military force and that it is able to respond to any aggression".

He also spoke of the United States President's attempt to transform Europe into more anti-Moscow militarization and Europe's interest in doing so. "Washington is pushing Europe towards militarization, by raising military budgets in the countries of Europe," he said.

Analysts consider that Russia's military move in Ukraine was only an attempt by Russia to become a dominant force competing with the United States by adopting a method similar to the latter through direct military intervention to impose governments suited to those countries' interests.

In this context, the British researcher at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Central Asian Affairs Maximilian Hess, says during a special talk to ANHA’s agency: "The Russian invasion had nothing to do with NATO, this is an excuse that Moscow invented to launch an imperialist war of aggression," he said, adding, "Moscow used the EU Free Trade Agreement as a pretext for its invasion (of Crimea) in 2014, claiming that there was a threat to supply lines, although of course Putin caused much greater damage by tearing it up and then bombing it."

With regard to the accession of the two northern States to NATO, Hess sees "Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO as a loss in Russia due to this ridiculous propaganda by the Kremlin. It will use it publicly to demand further evidence of NATO hostility and encirclement, but this is nonsense. "



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