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Russian President Vladimir Putin at an end-of-year press conference in Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Finland's entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) this year was going to create “problems” where there “were none” and consequently announced a military reinforcement near its border in the northwest.

There were no problems there, but now there will be, because we are going to create the Leningrad Military District and concentrate a certain number of units there, he told a journalist on public television in an interview broadcast on Sunday, in which he accuses the West of having dragged Finland into NATO.

Relations between the two neighbors, who share a 1,340-kilometer-long border, have deteriorated significantly since February 2022, and Russia's offensive in Ukraine led Finland, worried about its security, to join NATO in April 2023.

They [the West, Editor’s note] Finland in NATO. Did we have any disagreements with them? All disputes, including territorial ones from the mid-20th century, have long been settled.

A quote from Vladimir Putin, Russian President

His statements come as Finland announced on Thursday that it was once again closing its entire border with Russia, a few hours after reopening two border crossings, accusing Moscow of orchestrating a migration crisis.

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This decision will be effective from Friday 8 p.m. until January 14, according to Finnish Interior Minister Mari Rantanen.

Helsinki accuses Moscow of deliberately letting these migrants pass, denouncing a hybrid attack aimed at destabilizing Finland, accusations that the Kremlin rejects.

Russia had promised to take countermeasures after Finland joined NATO.

Mr. Putin added that Russia had no reason to be at war with NATO countries, while US President Joe Biden raised the possibility in early December of a Russian attack against a member country of the Organization.

Warning that a cessation of American aid to kyiv would be the greatest gift to give to Mr. Putin, Mr. Biden warned that the Russian president will not stop with Ukraine . American leaders demonize Russia, retorted the spokesperson for the Russian presidency, Dmitri Peskov. uses rhetoric to justify a wrong policy towards Russia.

Moscow has no interest – neither in geopolitical terms , economic or military – to fight NATO countries, said Mr. Putin.

The Russian offensive launched in February 2022 in Ukraine has awakened fears within NATO for its eastern flank. On Thursday, Atlantic Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that if Putin wins in Ukraine, there is a real risk that his aggression will not stop there.

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