According to media sources, Russia has warned its Arctic neighbors, Sweden and Finland, with military repercussions if they join NATO.

It occurred as Russia’s offensive against Ukraine intensified today, particularly in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital.

In terms of distance, Sweden and Finland are the two countries in the Arctic Circle that are closest to Russia.

The Department of Defense stated in a written statement that the Finnish government’s approach to a militarily non-alignment policy is critical to maintaining peace and security in northern Europe.

According to the author, Finland’s admission to NATO would have substantial military and political implications.

After western nations raised the potential of Ukraine joining NATO, Vladimir Putin is largely believed to have initiated an attack on the country. Sweden or Finland making a similar step could face the same level of condemnation.

U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv could be overrun by Saturday afternoon as a result of Russian soldiers entering the city.

Ukraine’s government has expressed interest in joining NATO. Russia, on the other hand, has voiced its strong opposition to the initiative. On the other side, the Kremlin agreed to send a team to Belarus to engage with Ukraine, but only on exceedingly severe circumstances.

Some NATO members have already begun to adopt defensive measures as Russian aggression grows. Lithuania declared a state of emergency after Putin ordered troops into Ukraine on Thursday.

On the southwest portion of the country, Lithuania shares a border with Russia’s Kaliningrad region. To the east is Belarus. Latvia and Poland, both NATO members, are to the north and south of the country, respectively.

If the Kremlin starts an attack on NATO, both NATO and President Biden have declared that the US will fiercely defend the 30-member organization.

As Russian soldiers prepare to enter Kyiv, Biden convened a virtual meeting with fellow NATO members on Friday morning to reassure Eastern partners that they will be secure.