NATO alliance: Sweden and Finland held secret talks with Stoltenburg to guarantee backing


The Swedish and Finnish Governments are holding behind the scenes talks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to join the military alliance. The historically non-aligned nations have made known their willingness to join NATO as a counter-balance to increased aggression for Putin’s Russia. 

Military historian and NATO expert Dr Caddick-Adams told GB News: “I mean, it’s extraordinary that whole of the European security architecture that we’ve known nothing really since the beginning of NATO that’s 1949 was changed when Vladimir Putin sort of ripped up the international rulebook on February 24.

“It is the speed at which all these events have sort of suddenly been announced.

“So Sweden and Finland both had neutrality and have kept out of the sort of East-West conflict.

“Often their politicians have been keen to take advantage of the NATO umbrella and their population who are far more nervous have always been against it. 

“But since February 24, in both countries, the population have swung massively behind the idea of both countries joining NATO.”

 

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies warned NATO on Thursday that if Sweden and Finland joined the US-led military alliance then Russia would have to bolster its defences in the region, including by deploying nuclear weapons.

Finland, which shares an 810-mile border with Russia, and Sweden are mulling whether or not to join the NATO alliance.

Finland will make a decision in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said that should Sweden and Finland join NATO then Russia would have to strengthen its land, naval and air forces in the Baltic Sea to restore military balance.

 

Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, on the shore of the Baltic Sea, is sandwiched between NATO members Lithuania and Poland.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Thursday said the Russian threat to increase military, including nuclear, in the Baltic region was “nothing new”.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, Russia’s Black Sea fleet flagship, the Moskva missile cruiser, was seriously damaged and its crew evacuated after a fire caused ammunition to blow up.

A Ukrainian official said the ship was hit by two anti-ship cruise missiles.



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