China News Agency, Moscow, July 6 (Tian Bing Liu Jingyao) The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned on the 6th of the consequences of NATO expansion on the Baltic Sea region, saying that Finland and Sweden joining NATO will complicate the regional situation. Once security is threatened, Russia must will fight back.

  Representatives of the 30 NATO member states held a signing ceremony at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on July 5 to sign the protocol for the accession of Finland and Sweden to the treaty.

According to the protocol, after the NATO member states sign the Fenrir accession protocol, the next step is to ratify the protocol by the parliaments of all member states.

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg said that while waiting for member states to ratify the protocol, Finland and Switzerland will participate in NATO operations as "invited countries".

  Alexei Zaitsev, deputy director of the Information Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on the 6th that Finland and Sweden joining NATO, making them part of the geopolitical game against Russia, will further escalate political and military tensions in Europe. Reduce opportunities for peaceful dialogue in the Arctic and Baltic regions and complicate the situation in the region.

He warned, "As they prepare to join NATO, Helsinki and Stockholm must be aware of the consequences, and any measures taken by these countries that threaten Russia's security will inevitably be counterattacked."

  When talking about the issue of NATO and Ukraine, Zaitsev said that the West does not intend to give up the route of further escalating the situation in Ukraine, and continues to send weapons to Ukraine.

"The West will not give up the route of further escalating the situation in Ukraine, and this was also confirmed by the NATO summit held on June 28-29. The summit made a decision to strengthen military support for the Ukrainian authorities and continue to supply Ukraine with weapons on a large scale. Encourage the militarization demands of the Ukrainian authorities.”

  In addition, Zaitsev denied previous media reports that a Russian-flagged cargo ship was detained in Turkey for "illegal transport" of Ukrainian grain.

He said that according to the information provided by the Russian embassy in Turkey, the ship is currently undergoing standard procedures including phytosanitary, etc., and the Turkish side will decide to allow or deny the ship's entry into the port according to the inspection results.

"Therefore, there is no such thing as any arrest or seizure of the cargo ship." (End)