Sweden, Finland Sign Defense Treaty with the U.K. ahead of Joining NATO

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, announced on Wednesday a mutual defense agreement in the event of an attack, while Sweden considers joining NATO.

A security assurance agreement was signed on Wednesday as Sweden and Finland consider joining NATO following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. After Russia’s war in Ukraine, Finland and neighboring Sweden are considering abandoning the Finnish president and ten-year-old prime minister for neutrality and joining NATO.

Finland’s president and the prime minister said Thursday they support their bid for NATO membership, paving the way for an expansion of the alliance during Russia’s war in Ukraine. Finnish leaders announced Thursday their intention to join NATO “without delay.”

This is a move that would bolster the strength of Western military alliances in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and redraw the map of European security. Ukraine for Russia. Russia has warned of “military and political consequences” if neighboring Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO.

Asked if Finland would provoke Russia by joining NATO, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be responsible for any decision to join the military alliance. Asked how Russia should feel about Finland’s possible NATO membership, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said: “You caused it. The President of Finland said that Russia can only blame itself if it becomes a member of NATO.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and her government do not appear to be at odds with the “consequences” of Kremlin spokeswoman Dmitry Peskov and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s announcement that Finland (and Sweden) also joined NATO.

During a visit to Tokyo, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday that her possibility of joining NATO was related to the safety of Finnish citizens and called on the international community to unite and strengthen sanctions against Russia.

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has altered this dependable balance. Last December, Finland’s ministry of defense released its annual survey on national security, with support for NATO membership coming in at 24 percent — a small increase from the previous report. Just four months later, support has now soared to a mind-boggling 68 percent, and Finland’s parliament is expected to be briefed on prospective NATO membership by intelligence officials this week, with only a few members expressing any opposition.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said this month that her government “will end the discussion before midsummer,” which, this year, also happens to take place just days before NATO’s Madrid Summit. Marin and her center-left government don’t seem deterred by the fact that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova have announced “consequences” should Finland (and Sweden) join NATO either. Nor does the Finnish public.  “politico.eu

The threat of Sweden and Finland moving closer to joining NATO could have consequences. Will Vladimir Putin attempt to punish Sweden and Finland? With the Russian invasion of Ukraine not going so well for Putin, things just got worse for him. Not only did it get worse, but Brittain signed a Defence treaty with Sweden and Finland that guarantees Britain will intervene to defend Sweden if it “suffers a disaster or an attack.”   “msn.com

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