NATO members pledge new security in Finland and Sweden

Three additional European states have pledged to protect aspiring NATO members during the application process

Denmark, Iceland and Norway have joined a growing number of countries offering defense commitments to Sweden and Finland, both of which have officially begun bidding for membership in the NATO military alliance.

Quotes from Helsinki and Stockholm “Right to choose your own security system” As a sovereign state, the three European states announced on Monday that they would protect Sweden and Finland if they were attacked while going through the NATO application process.

“The security of Finland and Sweden is a common concern for all of us. If Finland or Sweden were to invade their territory before they became members of NATO, we would assist Finland and Sweden in all possible ways. They will add, they said in a joint statement “Start preparing immediately for this security assurance to take effect.”

The new defense guarantee came the day Sweden officially announced it would apply for NATO membership, a day after neighboring Finland did the same. Leaders of both countries have expressed concern over Russia’s attack on Ukraine in late February, arguing that it has fundamentally changed the security environment in the region.

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Moscow has long warned against an eastward expansion of the US-led military alliance, viewing the bloc as one. “Tool ready for conflict.” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov recently said that increasing the number of members from Finland or Sweden would be guaranteed. “Military Tensions” In Eastern Europe, when Russia’s Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev advised the deployment of nuclear weapons on Russia’s western border.

President Vladimir Putin was seen giving a more flexible response on Monday, Moscow said “No problem” With their ascent to Stockholm or Helsinki and NATO “Not a direct threat to Russia.”

However, he added that “Expansion of military infrastructure in the region [Sweden or Finland] It will definitely get us started, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau. And Russia’s response “It will be based on the threat it poses to us.”

Although several countries have already pledged security to two potential NATO states – the United States, Britain and the military alliance itself – their membership will depend on the unanimous support of the 30 members of the bloc. To date, Turkey is the only member to have publicly objected.

On Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded two Nordic states “Bring the terrorists to speak in their parliament” And “There is no clear unequivocal position against terrorist organizations.” Refers to the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP / C) banned by Ankara. Despite upcoming meetings with officials from both countries, he said Ankara would not bow to his decision.

“We will not say ‘yes’ to their joining the security agency NATO. On Monday they will come to explain to us. Sorry, they don’t have to bother, “ He added.

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