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Russian Official Warns of Consequences for Turkey Backing NATO Expansion

Russian politician Leonid Slutsky issued an apparent warning on Wednesday, saying there will be consequences for Turkey agreeing to the admission of Sweden and Finland into NATO.

In a Telegram post, Slutsky, leader of the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) and chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, wrote that if he were in Turkey’s place, “I would not be too flattered about the assurances I received in exchange for not vetoing the Finns’ and Swedes’ accession to NATO,” according to an English translation of his post from the state-run TASS news agency.

Slutsky did not elaborate further on why Turkey should not “flatter” itself over the assurances it received in the agreement.

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