As reported by Censor.NET referring to Dozhd TV channel, this was stated by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with Dagens Nyheter, published on Thursday, April 28.
According to Lavrov, Russia will take "military-technical measures" if Sweden joins NATO.
He noted that the Russian Federation would be forced to do so due to the presence of a military-political bloc on the other side of the border, which deems Russia threat and wants to restrain it in every way.
"It's one thing when you've got neutral states among your neighbors in the north, another thing when they are members of the Alliance," the minister said.
As for decision-making, the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff will be responsible for that, Lavrov said.
According to NATO, Russia in 2013 conducted exercises involving nuclear strike drills against Sweden. It was announced in the February report of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist in an interview with Dagens Nyheter said he had no reasons to disagree with NATO's reasoning.
In 2013, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported, citing military sources, that Russian bombers were recorded near the Sweden territory, which could be possible carrying nuclear weapons under cover of fighter planes. Officially, this information was not confirmed.