The former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who is a close ally of Vladimir Putin has warned of “direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia” as Finland are to join the alliance “without delay.”
Medvedev who is now the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia has threatened Finland and Sweden over NATO membership.
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He warned the West over their increasing military support to Ukraine is risking triggering a conflict between Russia and NATO.
Medvedev warned that if there is a conflict between Russia and NATO this will carry the risk of a full blown nuclear war.
He warned in a Telegram post, “NATO countries pumping weapons into Ukraine, training troops to use Western equipment, sending in mercenaries and the exercises of Alliance countries near our borders increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia.
“Such a conflict always has the risk of turning into a full-fledged nuclear war.
“This will be a disastrous scenario for everyone.”
However Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Putin is to blame as he has pushed them to join NATO, he said, “my response would be that you caused this. Look at the mirror.”