Russia, Ukraine: Putin threatens retaliation if Sweden, Finland have foreign military bases Ukrainian soldiers leave the Mariupol steel plant

Russia, Ukraine: Putin threatens retaliation if Sweden, Finland have foreign military bases Ukrainian soldiers leave the Mariupol steel plant

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Russian President VladimirSINGHA89Putin hinted at his acceptance. If Sweden and Finland will join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO Under the condition that the two neighbors must not deploy lethal weapons or allow NATO to establish bases within its borders.


Speaking at a meeting of the Joint Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which consists of six ex-Soviet countries, Russia has no problem with Sweden and Finland joining NATO, Putin said. Because neither country is already a threat to Russia.


"But if NATO is allowed to expand its military infrastructure, has entered the territory of both countries We will definitely take countermeasures,” the Russian leader said.


The Ukrainian authorities confirmed that The 264 wounded soldiers, who had been stranded in Mariupol's Azovstal steelworks for more than two months, have now been removed from the siege of Russian forces.


Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Maliar said: 53 seriously wounded soldiers were taken to Novasovsk, an area occupied by pro-Russian rebels, while another 211 were evacuated via humanitarian corridors. They continued on to Olenivka, which is also in the rebel-held area backed by Russia.


Earlier, Russian officials said Russian forces have given way to Ukraine to move the last group of soldiers fighting to defend the steel plant. After an agreement was reached that these soldiers would later be exchanged with prisoners of war captured by Ukraine,