The only two countries in the Nordic countries that are not militarily non-aligned are considering applying to NATO as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as Finland’s process progresses.
According to the local press, the Finnish government intends to announce its decision to apply for membership in mid-May, although the Kremlin (Russian presidency) has repeatedly threatened not to do so.
In Sweden, political parties continue to discuss applying for membership in Parliament and report on the new security policy on 13 May, a month after Finland did the same.
In recent weeks, Stockholm and Helsinki have significantly increased co-operation and bilateral contacts in an effort to agree on a common position for NATO and, ultimately, to apply for membership.
“There are no other countries that have such strong co-operation outside NATO as Finland and Sweden,” Linde said at a joint press conference with his Finnish colleague Pekka Haavisto.
Ministers agreed to strengthen this co-operation, if necessary to meet Moscow, including the planning of operations in crisis and conflict situations.
“If our security context becomes more challenging, we can increase this bilateral planning, which covers all aspects of military cooperation,” Haavisto said.
The Finnish minister also added that if his country joins NATO, it will be a “net contributor to security” as it now has a highly prepared armed forces in addition to hundreds of thousands of reserves and modern weapons.
Haavisto and Linde did not want to clarify whether they had agreed with a member of the Atlantic Alliance on military support in the event of a Russian invasion between the request for accession and the ratification of all Allies.
“This is something these countries should communicate when they think the time is right,” Haavisto said.
The NATO secretary-general confirmed on Thursday that Sweden and Finland would be “openly welcomed” if they choose to join the Atlantic alliance, and apologized for Russia’s “intimidation and intimidation” to prevent the countries from joining the organization.
NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is a union of 30 countries united by a “collective defense” agreement, Article 5 of which defines an attack on one member country as an attack on all.
Joining the Atlantic Alliance puts Sweden and Finland under the umbrella of Article 5, which provides a collective guarantee against all external attacks and requires each nation to take the necessary steps, including the use of force, to restore and maintain the security of all Allied countries. .