Russia threatens 'military-technical' retaliation over Finland's NATO bid

Russia will respond to Finland joining NATO with “military-technical” retaliatory measures, Moscow warned Thursday.

“Finland’s accession to NATO will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations,” the Russian foreign ministry wrote in a statement. The warning came in response to Finland’s leaders on Thursday officially endorsing the idea of their country joining NATO, a historic move that sets the stage for a membership application in the coming days.

“Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to stop the threats to its national security that arise in this regard,” the Russian foreign ministry said.

The Kremlin has not clarified what specific

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