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Russia harshly commented on the deployment of a NATO base in Karelia

The deployment of a NATO base 20 kilometers from the Russian-Finnish border will lead to dire consequences.

Against the background of how Finland announced its readiness to place the largest NATO military base just 20 kilometers from the Russian border, the Russian side threatened with serious consequences for Helsinki and Stockholm, which also intends to deploy NATO military facilities in Sweden.

“The mayor of Lappeenranta (Finland) offered to place a NATO base in the city. In his opinion, this will create a sense of security. Wrong. In the event of the outbreak of hostilities, strikes are delivered primarily on the enemy's military infrastructure. Placing NATO bases will not protect either Finland or Sweden. Vice versa. It will endanger the inhabitants of cities where the military infrastructure will be located., - said the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.

Earlier, the Russian side stated that it would not tolerate the presence of NATO forces near the borders, promising a symmetrical response, including through the deployment of additional forces in the area of ​​the new border with NATO, since this would pose a rather serious threat to Russia's security, especially against the backdrop of clearly deteriorating relations between Russia and the Alliance.