- If NATO talks about moving nuclear weapons closer to Russia, Moscow will give an "appropriate answer".

But it is too early to talk about placing Russian nuclear weapons around the Baltics, says Grushko.

However, there are already speculations that there are non-strategic nuclear warheads in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which borders Lithuania.

Grushko also says that Russia "does not underestimate the threat of a militarized Arctic, which is turning into a military conflict zone".

At the same time, he says that Russia has no hostile intentions towards Finland and Sweden.

Niinistö: "Should call the Kremlin"

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö tells Swedish Yle that he will call the Kremlin as early as Saturday.

- I will say that we stick to our line to maximize our security.

After Russia did as it did, this is now a logical step for us.

I also intend to emphasize that security is not a zero-sum game, that we increase our security does not reduce someone else's security, Niinistö said in an interview in Morgonettan.

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"I would not say we are scared," said Finnish President Sauli Niinistö of the country's rapid process of applying for NATO membership.

Photo: Oskar Idin

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