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NATO admits reinforcing presence in Sweden and Finland before accession

NATO’s secretary-general admitted that the Alliance could reinforce its presence in Sweden and Finland to provide “security guarantees” to the two countries until they join the organization.

“There will be a period between application and membership as full members. Sweden and Finland’s membership matters to NATO and we will look at ways to provide security guarantees, including increasing NATO’s presence in the Baltic and in and around Sweden.” and Finland, obviously in consultation” with the two countries, Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference after an informal meeting of the Alliance’s heads of diplomacy in Berlin.

The “one for all, all for one” principle, provided for in Article 5, on solidarity in the event of aggression, only applies when ratification of accession by all Member States has been completed.

In the case of the last country to join, North Macedonia, the process took a year.

“Finland and Sweden are worried about the interim period (…), we will try to speed up this process”, said Stoltenberg.

The NATO secretary-general was also confident that it will be possible to find a consensus with Turkey, which on Friday classified the eventual accession of Sweden and Finland as a mistake, considering that Ankara has no intention of blocking the entry. of the two Scandinavian countries.

“I am confident that we will be able to find common ground, a consensus on how to move forward on accession issues,” he said.

Source: With Agencies

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