Britain Finalizes Security Pacts with Finland and Sweden
- May 12, 2022
- Posted by: Quatro Strategies
- Category: Politics
The UK has agreed with Sweden and Finland for mutual security pacts that guarantees Britain to come to the aid of both countries in case they come under attack.
British Prime Minister Johnson visited the two countries to sign the deals amid discussions in both nations to join the NATO resume.
The mutual nature of the pacts also guarantees Sweden and Finland to assist UK should a crisis occur.
Both Johnson and Swedish Prime Minister Andersson emphasized cooperation has become even more important after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Johnson has also held a joint press conference with Finnish President Niinistö after signing the deal. He said the pact between the two countries reflected the difficult times they are in. Johnson underlined that he considered the deal not as a short term one but as an enduring assurance between two nations.
The military assistance is on the table but only if the other party requests it, Johnson added.
Niinistö said Finland welcomes UK’s strong support in terms of Finland’s potential NATO membership. He stated that the pact and the dicussions on NATO membership is not against any other country and his nation intends to maximize its security one way or another.
Niinistö also argued however, that Russia would be responsible if Sweden or Finland joined NATO. He said Kremlin should look at the mirror because it caused Finland and Sweden’s response by attacking Ukraine.
After the deal between the UK and Sweden was completed, Andersson argued her country would be safer as a result of the mutual assistance agreement with the UK. She added that Sweden is exploring all options to bolster security and joining NATO is one of them.
While the agreements don’t have any legal bindings or security guarantee, they act as political declarations that the UK would come to the aid of two countries if requested.
When asked about Sweden’s possible NATO membership, Johnson said it is not for the UK to intervene but the British government would strongly support Sweden’s accession if that is what Stockholm chooses to do.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, public support in both Sweden and Finland for joining NATO increased despite the two countries’ long history of staying neutral.
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