Finland and Sweden insist on their right to join NATO despite new Russian warnings

Finland and Sweden insist on their right to join NATO despite new Russian warnings
Finland and Sweden insist on their right to join NATO despite new Russian warnings


Stockholm (AFP) - Finland and Sweden on Saturday confirmed their right to join NATO if they wanted to one day, despite new warnings from Moscow amid the invasion of Ukraine.


On Friday, the Russian foreign minister warned that Finland or Sweden joining NATO would have  serious military and political repercussions. 


 We've heard that in the past  Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Saturday on public television channel Yili.


Moscow used the same words a few weeks ago when it demanded guarantees that the alliance would not expand eastward.


Despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Helsinki and Stockholm have since Thursday ruled out the idea of ​​an explicit request to join the Western military alliance.


Since the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, Finland and Sweden have been keen to obtain guarantees that their space for entry into the alliance still exists. They are outside the alliance, although they have been allies since the mid-nineties of the last century.


 I want to be very clear  Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Friday evening. Only Sweden, in an independent way, chooses its line in terms of security. 


Although Finland and Sweden are outside the alliance, they were invited to Friday's NATO meeting.


Russia has made the issue of the continued expansion of NATO in the east a cause for war in a file in which Moscow asserts that it has been betrayed since the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Even before the invasion, the Ukraine crisis revived the NATO debate in Sweden and Finland, where the left was strongly opposed to joining while the right was more supportive.


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