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The Guardian: Putin warns of “problems” to come on Finland-Russia border after Helsinki joins NATO

A view of St. Basil’s Cathedral at the Red Square in Moscow on 17 March 2020. Source: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency
The Guardian: Putin warns of “problems” to come on Finland-Russia border after Helsinki joins NATO

US President Joe Biden has said Russia might be planning new wars “if Putin takes Ukraine,” as per The Guardian

The Russian leader would attack a NATO country, he predicted, and then “we’ll have something that we don’t seek and that we don’t have today: American troops fighting Russian troops,” Biden said in an attempt to convince Republicans to back further aid for Ukraine.

In turn, Putin called the US president’s remark on further Russian attacks “complete nonsense,” adding that his country had no interest in fighting with the Western military alliance.

However, he warned of “problems” with neighboring Finland after it joined NATO earlier this year. In recent weeks, Helsinki has accused Moscow of “hybrid warfare” by pushing asylum seekers across border crossings.

Russia also said it planned to provide more troops to the northwest. The announcement came after Finland said it would sign a defense pact with the US military next week.

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