“I spoke with Anthony Blinken and a number of senators responsible for these issues, and that the United States is very interested in joining Sweden and Finland to NATO,” TASS quotes her.

According to the diplomat, the country can receive real security guarantees only in case of full membership in NATO.

Linde noted that the issue of security guarantees was of great importance in the analysis of the consequences of Sweden's accession to NATO.

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev earlier noted that if Sweden and Finland join the alliance, then the length of the land borders of the alliance with Russia will more than double.

The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper A-Be-Se, said that Finland and Sweden would become a space for confrontation between NATO and Russia if they join the alliance.