Finland, Sweden joining NATO would put Russia in a tough spot: top U.S. general

Finland and Sweden joining NATO would put Russia in a difficult military position in the Baltic Sea, top US General Mark Milley said on Saturday during a visit to Stockholm ahead of a military exercise.

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The two Nordic neighbours, which have long borders on the Baltic Sea, applied last month to join the military alliance amid security concerns since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, though they have faced objections from Turkey.

Their joining would mean that the Baltic Sea coastline, small strips around the Russian cities of Kaliningrad and St Petersburg would be surrounded by NATO members.


“So from a Russian point of view, that would be very problematic for them militarily, and it would be very beneficial for NATO,” said Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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“The Baltic (is the sea) is strategically very important, it is one of the great sea routes in the world,” Milley said.

He was speaking at a joint news…