Vladimir could deploy nuclear weapons to its European borders if Sweden and Finland allow military bases on their territory after joining NATO, Russian state television has said.
On Sunday, Sweden dropped its opposition to joining the alliance, just hours after Finland confirmed its intention to apply for NATO membership.
In response to this, a commentator on Rossiya One said: “Their official reason is fear. But they’ll have more fear in NATO.
“When NATO bases appear in Sweden and Finland, Russia will have no choice but to neutralise the imbalance and new threat by deploying tactical nuclear weapons.”