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NATO Considering Closing the Baltic Sea to the Russian Fleet

 Tallinn and Helsinki have discussed integration of coastal missile batteries that would enable the two NATO members to blockade the Russian Navy in the Gulf of Finland, Estonia’s defense minister announced on Friday. This would turn the Baltic Sea into a “NATO internal sea”, the official said, echoing comments made earlier by Polish and Lithuanian leaders.

“We need to integrate our coastal defenses. The flight range of Estonian and Finnish missiles is greater than the width of the Gulf of Finland,” Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur told the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti.

Finland’s MTO85M coastal missiles have a range of over 100 kilometers. The Gulf is about 82 kilometers across from Helsinki to Tallinn. Estonia plans to buy Israeli Blue Spear missiles later this year, which have a range of almost 300 kilometers.

“The Baltic Sea will be NATO’s internal sea when Finland and Sweden have joined NATO. Compared with what it is today, the situation is changing,” Pevkur said, adding that the two countries will then be able to close the sea to the Russian Navy if need be.

Finland and Sweden’s application to NATO was met with greatest enthusiasm by Poland and the former Soviet republics on the Baltic Sea. Following the alliance’s summit in Spain at the end of June, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics both said they hoped for the Baltic to become a “NATO lake”. 

Pevkur said he discussed airspace with his Finnish colleague as well, though he dodged Iltaleht’s question whether the US will deploy its F-35 fighter jets to Estonia.

“For me, this is one airspace,” Pevkur added.

 “Finnish airspace cannot be protected if Estonian airspace is not protected at the same time, and vice versa. Fighter jets cross the 80-kilometer-wide Gulf of Finland in minutes,” Pevkur added.

Estonia has been one of the most outspoken NATO members in urging a confrontation with Russia.

On Thursday, Tallinn announced that it would ban entry to Russians with EU Schengen visas starting next week, and demolish all Soviet-era monuments “as soon as possible”.

Source: https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14010522000692/NATO-Saes-Mll-Clsing-Balic-fr-Rssian-Navy

Source 2: https://odessa-journal.com/estonia-offers-finland-and-sweden-to-make-the-baltic-an-internal-sea-of-nato/

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Russia’s Response to Finland Joining NATO Will “Be a Surprise” MOF Says

The decision will be made after taking into consideration the whole set of factors, Maria Zakharova specified.

MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. Moscow’s response to Helsinki’s decision to join NATO will be a “surprise” and will be taken primarily by the military after taking into account the entire set of factors and specifics that will be typical of Finland’s membership in the North Atlantic Alliance, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday.

When asked by a Finnish reporter about the military-technical measures and the timeframe Russia plans to take against Finland due to its application for NATO membership, the diplomat said that “it will be a surprise.”

“This is for our Defense Ministry. The decision will be made after taking into consideration the whole set of factors and details of how Finland’s membership in NATO will progress. Based on all those parameters, a decision will be made, but first and foremost by the military,” Zakharova stressed.