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Russia describes NATO maneuvers in Finland as provocative

Moscow, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)'s military exercises that will begin in Finland on Friday, April 26, are provocative in nature, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

The diplomat wrote on her Telegram channel that the NATO military exercises close to Russia’s borders aim to exert military pressure on Russia by demonstrating force.

To justify their actions, representatives of the military bloc are deliberately stirring up hysteria about an imaginary Russian threat, including actively spreading insinuations about some Russian plans to attack the organization’s member countries, the spokeswoman continued.

According to Zakharova, the upcoming military exercises on Finnish territory are part of a hybrid war against Moscow and increase the risk of possible military incidents.

In this context, she stressed, Russia is closely following the aggressive actions of the West.

Finland informed that the exercises with the NATO forces participation will be held on its territory from late April to early June.