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Finland and Sweden will send their troops to the Russian border

In March 2024, Finland and Sweden, newly admitted to NATO, will take an active part in large-scale military exercises Nordic Response, which will take place in close proximity to the Russian borders. This event will be a significant step in the integration of these countries into the North Atlantic Alliance, especially after the recent approval of Sweden's application to join NATO by Hungary, which is the last step before the formal signing of the instrument of accession to the alliance.

The exercise, scheduled from March 4 to 15, will cover Finland, Norway and Sweden and will form part of NATO's larger Steadfast Defender exercise. More than 20 thousand military personnel from 13 member countries of the alliance will take part in them. It is noted that more than 50 ships, including frigates and submarines, as well as over 100 fighter jets, helicopters and other types of aircraft will be involved in the exercises.

Finland announced the sending of about 4,1 thousand military personnel and 700 pieces of equipment to the exercises, including 12 F/A-18 Hornet fighters. Sweden plans to contribute by sending about 4,5 troops from all branches of the military. These actions are causing concern in Russia, where the military exercises are seen as contributing to the escalation of tensions in the region.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, expressed the opinion that the Nordic Response will be accompanied by an increase in tension and will not go unanswered by Russia. Despite this, Western countries did not react to this.

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