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BREAKING: These two European countries to join NATO; find out Russia's response

  • What: Two European nations, Sweden and Finland on Monday announced that they will be joining the US-led alliance of countries, NATO.

  • Russia's response: Russia, which is trying to create its domination in the region, responded stating that this is another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences. "The general level of military tensions will increase," stated Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

  • How: Finland announced its intention to join NATO on Sunday as Sweden's ruling party said it backed membership, paving the way for a joint application.With this development, both Finland and Sweden will be dropping off their decades of non-alignment policy.