The ruling Social Democratic Party of Sweden has launched this Monday a internal debate on the security situation in Europe and its position towards NATO, until now contrary to the country’s entry into the Atlantic Alliance, while the Government of Finland has commissioned a report to analyze the advantages and risks of eventual entry into NATO.
The British Journal’The Times‘ has reported that these countries would be planning to apply to join the Atlantic Alliance in June, a week after a meeting between foreign ministers of the NATO member countries and those of both Nordic nations.
The secretary general of the Alliance, Jons Stoltenberg, stated last week that if Finland decides to join, the member countries “will find a way to deal with the matter”.
Sweden reviews security policy
The Swedish Social Democratic minority government opened discussions weeks ago with the rest of the parliamentary forces to carry out a security policy analysis, which should be ready before the end of May. The Social Democratic Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, has defended her country’s position in recent weeks, although has not ruled out a hypothetical entry into NATO.
“We have to find a broader understanding of what is happening in the world that surrounds us and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the current line in security policy”, said the secretary of the Social Democratic Party, Tobias Baudin, on Monday.
In the current Parliament they are most detractors of joining the Atlantic Alliance, although the far-right Democrats of Sweden has convened this Monday an extraordinary meeting on NATO, whose entry was opposed until now. In this sense, the leader of the extreme right-wing party, Jimmie Akesson, declared this weekend that if Finland joins NATO, Sweden should too.
Finland will make a decision before June
Finland has a status similar to Swedishbut in your Parliament there is a majority in favor of the country becoming a member of NATO.
The Finnish Government has commissioned the preparation of a report by a group of experts to analyze in depth the advantages and risks of a possible entry into NATOwhich is expected to be presented this Wednesday for subsequent parliamentary debate.
As explained by the country’s prime minister, Sanna Marin, the objective is make a decision before the end of Juneshortly before the Atlantic Alliance summit to be held in Madrid.
Moscow says NATO enlargement will not contribute to security
After the British newspaper reported that Sweden and Finland could join the Atlantic Alliance in June, the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dimitri Peskov, warned that the NATO enlargement will not contribute to security on the European continent.
“We have repeatedly said that the Alliance itself is more of a tool for confrontation. It is not an alliance that guarantees peace and stability, and its further expansion, of course, will not bring additional security to the European continentPeskov said.
Stoltenberg has said on several occasions that both Finland and Sweden they would be welcome to the Atlantic Alliance if they decide to join.