Russia's President Putin and Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov expressing very different reactions about the plans of Finland and Sweden to join NATO.
So which is it...Ehhh we don't care, no threat to us or we won't put up with it, grave mistake with far-reaching consequences?
WHO'S IN CHARGE IN RUSSIA!??
"As far as expansion goes, including new members Finland and Sweden, Russia has no problems with these states - none. And so in this sense there is no immediate threat to Russia from an expansion to include these countries," Putin said.
Troops holed up in the last Ukrainian stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol began evacuating on Monday, appearing to cede control of the once prosperous city to Russia after months of bombardment.www.reuters.com
“The situation is, of course, changing radically in light of what is happening,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said on Monday. “The fact that Finland and Sweden’s security will not be strengthened as a result of this is very clear to us.”
Ryabkov added that the two Nordic nations “should have no illusions that we will simply put up with it”, warning that the move was “another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences” and the “general level of military tension will increase”.
Turkey’s justice ministry said it objected on grounds that the two countries had failed to respond positively to extradition requestswww.theguardian.com
This is the way I imagine why there's a discrepancy....my conjecture but based on what we know of Putin....
PUTIN Is ALWAYS the ONLY one in charge of Russia.
Therefore, to my mind, the contradictions are due to the following:
A) Putin's a liar.
B) Putin doesn't like to show the West that anything we can conceivably do disturbs him in any way.
C) Yet Putin still needs to get his message across that Finland and Sweden had better not cross him.
D) Putin allows his mouthpiece to make a pronouncement that diverges from Putin's own, to keep the West on its toes.
E) If Ryabkov made this statement somehow WITHOUT Putin's approval, we will find that out when Ryabkov is found poisoned or is reported to have "committed suicide."
Just my speculation