Sweden and Finland are Racing Towards NATO with Russian Threat Growing Exponentially

Sweden says it received U.S. security assurances if it hands in NATO application – Reuters

The Norwegian prime minister said that NATO could approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership in two weeks, should they jointly express their wish to join the military alliance.

The prime ministers of Sweden and Finland met with the German Chancellor to discuss security issues, and Marin said Finland would decide within weeks whether to apply for NATO membership.

The VG newspaper reported that NATO countries and Sweden and Finland are trying to shorten the time between application and membership.

Russia has warned Finland and Sweden against applying for NATO membership, saying that the alliance is geared towards confrontation and that its further expansion would not bring stability to Europe.

Sweden’s foreign minister met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington and said she felt confident Washington would not allow Russia to attack Sweden without a response.

Sweden’s defense minister said that Russia could launch propaganda campaigns to undermine Sweden’s security if Sweden and Finland join NATO.

Linde said the United States strongly supported Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

Read more on this story at the following additional news sources:

  1. Sweden says it received U.S. security assurances if it hands in NATO application  Reuters
  2. Are Sweden and Finland under threat? | Inside Story  Al Jazeera English
  3. Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats might speed up party’s NATO decision  Yahoo News
  4. Sweden and Finland NATO Membership Could be Approved in Just 2 Weeks—Report  Newsweek
  5. Keeping any NATO ratification period short is key to Finland, says PM  Reuters
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