RUSSIA - Nuclear Threat If Sweden and Finland Join NATO

Arno Froese

“If Sweden and Finland join NATO, the length of the alliance’s land borders with the Russian Federation will more than double. Naturally, these borders will have to be strengthened,” Dmitry Medvedev, former president and deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, wrote on his official Telegram channel.

Russia will have to “seriously strengthen the grouping of land forces and air defense, deploy significant naval forces in the waters of the Gulf of Finland. In this case, it will no longer be possible to talk about any nuclear-free status of the Baltic—the balance must be restored,” he said.

The Baltics—the northeastern European countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia—are members of the EU and NATO. Sweden and Finland are members of the EU, but not NATO, and the latter shares an 830-mile border with Russia.

Moscow sees neighboring Finland’s potential inclusion in NATO as a threat to its national security, as the U.S. could deploy advanced military equipment in Finland if it joined the alliance.

Lithuania, which borders the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, brushed off Medvedev’s comments.

It’s “nothing new,” Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said. The country’s defense minister, Arvydas Anusauskas, added that Russia already has nuclear weapons in the Baltic region.

The alliance’s Article 5 embodies the principle of collective defense. In short, Article 5 means that an attack against one NATO member is considered an attack against all the allies., 14 April 2022

Arno's Commentary

Although the war in Ukraine has been going on for eight years, only a few a months ago, a full invasion—as the news media reported to us—was out of the question. Now it’s reality.

What is the issue of this war? The answer is like all wars: a difference of opinions. Russia indeed has proven history within much of today’s borders of Ukraine; and equally, Ukraine has a claim on the territories claimed by Russia but associated with Ukrainian people. 

What has surprised most military analysts, particularly those from Israel, is the lack of effectiveness of Russian equipment and its fighting forces. War, per se, is horrible. It’s often not the soldiers fighting on the battlefield who suffer the most, but the civilians, like one famous writer once said: “War is fought on the backs of women and children.”

What is the future for this particular conflict? The unknown is, in this case, the greatest danger; namely, nuclear weapons. No country has every used nuclear weapons in war except the United States. The horrifying result is documented in historical writings and films.

Again, we must take our position as Christians seriously, and that is supremely important for us. While the world fights among its peoples, the Church is located in all countries of the world, including Ukraine, Russia, etc., etc. 

We have one thing in common: faith in the written Word of God, which clearly documents that there will be no end of war until the Prince of Peace appears. What will He do? Joel 3:16 reports, “The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

As Christians, we often make the mistake of aligning ourselves with a certain group of people, without realizing that the living Church of Jesus Christ, His body, is a functioning organism present in all countries. 

What is the purpose of the Church? To be light and salt to the earth. Light to point people to Christ, for the Bible says the truth shall make you free. Salt to hinder the progress of contamination. What are we to do? First Timothy 2:1-2 gives us the instructions: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Why? Verse 4 answers: “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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