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Accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO by and large won't change anything - Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO will not change anything, since they have been cooperating with the alliance for many years.

“Finland, Sweden and other neutral countries have been participating in NATO military exercises for many years ... So, in this regard, there probably isn’t much difference and it won’t change anything. “If the North Atlantic Alliance uses their territory to deploy troops, then we will draw the appropriate conclusions,” Lavrov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said that Russia "has no problem" with Sweden and Finland, as their NATO membership poses no immediate threat, and Russia's response will depend on "what threats these countries pose in the future."

Recall that the head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry has already signed the country's application for joining the Alliance, and the vote in the Finnish parliament is scheduled for the evening of May 17.