The move comes as Russia’s warning comes as two Nordic countries discuss NATO membership
United Kingdom agrees “Assurance of mutual securityWith Sweden and Finland, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday, just days before Stockholm and Helsinki announced their decision to pursue NATO membership.
Johnson is touring both countries today to sign. “HistoricalThe Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
According to Downing Street, the new agreement includes “Intelligence exchange, accelerating joint military training, exercises and deployments, and strengthening security across the three countries and Northern Europe.“
The United Kingdom wants “To support the armed forces of the two countries is to face either a crisis or an attackThe office said. The assurances come as both Finland and Sweden apply for NATO membership, amid concerns about possible retaliation from Russia.
During a press conference in Sweden, Johnson claimed that Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine was “justified”.Putin’s bloodthirsty campaign against a sovereign nation“- Put an end to the hope that peace will prevail in Europe.
“The war in Ukraine is forcing us all to make difficult decisions. Sovereign nations, however, must be free to make those decisions without fear or influence or threat of retaliation. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has stated that “Very satisfiedTo sign the declaration.
A number of other countries will soon join the UK in providing security assistance to Sweden and Finland, according to the report. According to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, the Nordic NATO countries Norway, Denmark and Iceland are working with their neighbors on a joint political declaration that could give Stockholm and Helsinki additional reassurance in the coming months.
On May 6, White House spokeswoman Jane Sackie assured Sweden and Finland that the United States would be able to find a way. “To address any concerns of any country regarding the period between applying for NATO membership and formal joining the Alliance.
In Moscow’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine, both Sweden and Finland, which share a long border with Russia, have seen a dramatic shift in public opinion, with the majority of the population now supporting joining the US-led bloc, according to the survey. This has prompted authorities in both countries to reconsider their long-standing non-alignment policies.
Sweden’s ruling party will announce its position on NATO membership on May 15, with Finland expected to take similar action three days later. Although the Swedish Social Democrats, according to their secretary-general Tobias Baudin, have not yet reached a final decision, the Finnish government is known to have made its position known and isThat Finland is applying for membership“Parliament is expected to approve it.
In early April, the head of the military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, told NATO “Sincerely welcome“If Finland and Sweden apply to join and are ready to decide on membership.”Quite fast.“
Russia sees further expansion of NATO as a direct threat to its own national security andFor the whole architecture of securityKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned in April that Moscow “Take extra action“To build his defense to the west.”More sophisticatedIf Finland and Sweden join the bloc.
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