2022-08-18

Sweden and Finland received an invitation to join NATO

Now the accession of Sweden and Finland will have to be approved by the parliaments of 30 NATO member countries ” alt=”Sweden and Finland received an invitation to join NATO” />

NATO has officially invited Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, according to its website. These countries now have invited status.

“The accession of Finland and Sweden will make them more secure, NATO— stronger, and the Euro-Atlantic region— safer. The security of Finland and Sweden is of paramount importance to the North Atlantic Alliance, including during the accession process,— the NATO statement says.

Now the accession of Sweden and Finland will have to be approved by the parliaments of 30 countries— members of the military-political bloc.

Sweden and Finland announced their intention to join NATO after the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine. Both countries emphasized that the decision was not directed against Moscow and was due to the changed security situation.

However, Turkey opposed the membership of Sweden and Finland, which demanded that they extradite members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), whom it considers by terrorists, closing down all organizations associated with the PKK and providing guarantees. The parties were negotiating and on June 28, the Office of the Finnish President reported that the differences had been settled and Ankara would support the applications of the two countries.

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As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, the upcoming entry of Finland and Sweden will send a signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the doors of the alliance remain open and now he will “get more NATO at the Russian borders”, although he sought the opposite. According to the NATO official, the membership of Finland and Sweden “will change the whole situation in the Baltic region” because they will “cover up” Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia and will allow to strengthen the presence of the bloc.

Putinge warned that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO could aggravate the already “difficult situation in the field of international security.” According to him, although the expansion of the bloc at the expense of these countries will not create an “immediate threat” for Russia, it will be forced to respond if additional military infrastructure appears on their territories.

The Foreign Ministry also reacted negatively to the future entry of the two countries into the bloc, which considers the expansion of the alliance “a purely destabilizing factor in international affairs” ;. According to Deputy Head of Department Sergei Ryabkov, the admission of new countries to the bloc does not add security to either the entrants, or the alliance, or other states that “perceive it as a threat.”

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