The decision of Estonia and Finland to create a joint missile defense system (ABM) will increase tension between Russia and NATO, but will not close the Baltic Sea to the Russian Navy. This was stated by an Israeli political scientist in an interview with a correspondent of Politika Segodnya. Yakov Kedmi.
Formerly new Minister of Defense of Estonia Hanno Pevkur offered Helsinki to “close” the Gulf of Finland to Russian ships. According to him, now the countries are negotiating the formation of a unified system of coastal missile defense.
“We need to unify our coastal defenses. The range of Estonian and Finnish missiles exceeds the width of the Gulf of Finland. This means that we combine our missile defense and share all the information with each other, ”he said in an interview with Iltalehti newspaper.
For this purpose, Tallinn acquired Israeli Blue Spear anti-ship missiles with a range of 290 kilometers last year, the newspaper recalled. And the Finnish Navy is armed with Swedish MTO 85M, the range of which exceeds 100 kilometers.
Pevkur added that after Sweden and Finland finally join the Alliance, the Baltic Sea “will become NATO’s inland sea.” However, the interlocutor of “PS” has a different point of view.
“Tension [между Россией и НАТО] it will increase. But this will not close the Baltic Sea for the Russian Navy. A coordinated air defense system or not – this does not close the airspace. This system will be destroyed in any case,” Kedmi expressed confidence.
Sweden and Finland signed the protocols on joining NATO in early July, now all member countries of the organization must ratify the documents. On August 9, their membership was officially approved by the President of the United States. Joe Bidenurging the allies to complete the process of joining the Scandinavian states to the bloc as soon as possible.
According to a member of the Finnish Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Erkki TuomioiHelsinki and Stockholm can join the Alliance no later than June 2023. He noted that the period of ratification is from four to 12 months.
At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the next expansion of NATO will only worsen the situation in the Baltic Sea region, which will turn “into an arena, if not of military confrontation, then definitely of military rivalry.” However, the Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the mere membership of Sweden and Finland in the organization does not bother Moscow.
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