At issue is Article 42.7 of the European Union treaty obliges all member states to use all means at their disposal to help another member state victim of armed aggression to its territory.
Sweden and Finland, two non-NATO member countries of the European Union, have decided to invoke a mutual defense commitment by the European Union in the event of a military attack by Russia after the country led by Vladimir Putin threatened the two Nordic countries for having expressed their intention to join NATO.
In a letter sent to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, and her Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, called for a greater focus on the European Union in terms of defense, evoking the mutual defense clause (Article 42.7 ).
“The letter draws attention to the weight of EU solidarity and the mutual defense clause in a changed situation of European security policy”, reads a note published on the Finnish government’s website.
The document also adds that, on March 10 and 11, the French presidency of the European Council of the European Union will organize a summit where European leaders will draw up a joint declaration to emphasize the importance of greater European investment in the area of defence.
“In their letter, Finland and Sweden stress that, in the current security policy situation, EU leaders must be very united and clear that the EU is also a security community for its Member States. The mutual defense clause is an essential part of this”, underlines the document.
Article 42.7 of the European Union treaty obliges all member states to use all means at their disposal to help another member state victim of armed aggression to its territory.
Source: With Agencies