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Kremlin: Russia Intends To Develop Relations With Turkey


Comments from the Kremlin hitting wires downplaying the significance of Turkish President Recep Erdogan's decision to approve Sweden's NATO membership.

  • Kremlin: "Turkey has NATO obligations, we were under no illusions about this... we have differences with turkey but also common interests... Russia intends to develop relations with turkey despite differences."
  • Kremlin: "Swedish entry to NATO has clear negative implications for Russian security, will entail similar response measures as for Finland." After Finland's accession to NATO last year, Moscow announced it would enhance its military capacity in its west and northwest.
  • Russia and Sweden don't share a border but Sweden's sophisticated rail network will greatly enhance NATO's force posture and logistical networks to the extensive Finland/Russia border. Moreover, control of the Swedish coast and Gotland is considered crucial to a potential conflict with Russia in Europe’s northeast.
  • Kremlin: “Ukraine in NATO would be potentially very dangerous for European security, those making decision should be aware of this… Europeans don't seem to understand that moving NATO infrastructure towards Russia’s borders is a mistake.”
Figure 1: Sweden's Rail Network - Proximity to Russian Nuclear Bases Near Murmansk

Source: Reuters/Natural Earth/The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans

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