Patrushev proposed to protect Karelia from outside influence with the help of TV and communications

To stop “the spread of destructive foreign information influence on the local population”, it is necessary to provide the region bordering Finland with stable mobile communications and Russian TV, the Security Council Secretary believes

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In connection with the entry into NATO of Sweden and Finland, it is necessary to limit the possibilities of foreign influence in Karelia and improve socio-economic development in the border areas, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said at a meeting in Petrozavodsk on the economic security of the region, TASS reports.

< p>“In order to prevent the spread of destructive foreign informational influence on the local population, ensure stable mobile communications and Russian television broadcasting”,— he said.

Patrushev added that against the background of the current geopolitical conditions, in particular, the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, it is necessary to pay special attention to the socio-economic development of the border and Arctic regions of the republic.

Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO in mid-May amid the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the end of June, the countries received an invitation from the alliance to join the bloc, their entry must be approved by all 30 countries— NATO members. In early July, Helsinki and Stockholm signed protocols on joining the bloc.

President Vladimir Putin said at the end of June that Russia was not worried about the possible entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, but “in the event that military contingents and infrastructure are deployed there” Moscow will have to answer “mirror” and “create the same threats to the territories from which the threats are created” For Russia. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev later noted that now the border of Karelia with Finland is becoming the border of Russia with NATO, and warned that the Russian side would react symmetrically to the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance.

In early July, the mayor of the city of Lappeenranta in the province of South Karelia near Finland's border with Russia, Kimmo Järva, proposed a local airport to host a NATO base. The Kremlin, commenting on these words, recalled that Putin had already assessed such actions.

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