In a recent interview, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov told Sweden’s Dagen Nyheter warned that “it’s every country’s right to decide what form its security should take, but one must understand that if military infrastructure approaches Russia’s borders, we would of course have to take the necessary military-technical action. There’s nothing personal in it: it’s just business.”
On Friday, Russian state media, Sputnik published a report that Russia is planning on deploying new Iskandar missile systems in the North that they claim are “impregnable to NATO forces.”
— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) April 29, 2016
In the same interview, Lavrov stated the the Baltic States are ungrateful for their independence.
“When the Soviet Union disappeared they held their referendums and they got to go ‘go in peace,’ no one threatened them. There was no attempt to retain the Baltic states by force, even though there were differing opinions on the issue. For this we have not seen or heard any gratitude,” said Lavrov, forgetting the civilians that were killed by occupying Soviet forces.
In response to Lavrov’s threats, Swedish PM, Stefan Löfven said that “in Sweden, we make our own decisions about our defence and security policy. It is well known where we stand. Sweden has been non-aligned for a long time, it has served us well. We have long let that be known and Moscow knows about it.”
Karin Enström, the Moderates’ foreign policy spokeswoman said Sweden should be asking the Russian Ambassador for a more detailed explanation.
Enström said “I think it’s important that the foreign minister summons the Russian ambassador to explain what Russia and the Russian foreign minster mean by this.”