Russia has warned it will not hesitate to retaliate should Finland join NATO, heightening fears that the war in Ukraine could escalate into a direct confrontation between nuclear powers. Moscow’s threat came just hours after Finland said that the historically neutral country, which shares an 830-mile border with Russia, is on the verge of becoming a NATO member. Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Finland’s move will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations and the maintaining of stability and security in the Northern European region.” The statement added that Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature, in order to neutralize the threats to its national security that arise from Finland attaining membership in the U.S.-led military alliance. Chevrons all-rounder Sikander Raza calls on his teammates to start winning cricket matches Staff reporter Zimbabwe 11 captain Sikandar Raza says he is relieved to be handing back the leadership reins to Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva after his side won two out of eight matches against South Africa A in the just-ended tour. Raza has now called on his teammates to start winning cricket matches as the Chevrons will be in action against Namibia next week. Zimbabwe now take on Namibia in a five-match T20 International series in Bulawayo that begins next Tuesday.