NATO does not plan to base bases in Sweden, Finland

NATO said there are currently no plans to send troops to Sweden and Finland after announcing the start of the process of ratifying the admission of the two countries.

“We have no plans to add a military presence in either country when they already have strong national forces. They have the ability to defend themselves,” NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said in a telephone interview. conversation on July 5, referring to Sweden and Finland.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that if military forces and infrastructure were to be deployed in the two countries, Moscow “will have to respond proportionately” and issued similar threat warnings to regions. territory that poses a threat to Russia.

“We have no plans to base the alliance in two countries,” said the NATO deputy secretary general, given that Sweden and Finland both have high strategic and military capabilities.

Soldiers train at a training ground in southwestern Finland in January. Photo: Yle.

Soldiers train at a training ground in southwestern Finland in January. Photo:Yle.

After the admission process is started on July 5, parliaments in all 30 member countries will consider approving the membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for Oslo and Helsinki in turn.

An agreement has been reached with Turkey to remove objections to the two Nordic countries joining the union. But observers remain skeptical that Turkey will immediately approve Sweden and Finland.

“We hope this process will be completed quickly,” Geoana said, adding that many countries have already started ratification steps, although they declined to give specific timelines.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday was optimistic that members would make the approval process quick and smooth.

The deputy secretary-general of Geoana also praised the support of NATO members and allies for Ukraine, as Kiev is trying to counter the Russian military campaign. But he acknowledged concerns about how long the Western drive to supply Ukraine with weapons could be sustained.

“There are problems with allied stockpiles,” he said.

Military reserves in many European countries have limitations, as countries cannot rapidly ramp up production of weapons in the long run. However, NATO leaders affirmed the determination of Western countries to continue supporting Ukraine.

Observers warn that Western leaders will face growing public opinion problems and funding constraints, as the aftermath of the Ukraine conflict affects energy, food and financial markets. main.

NATO's Seven Decades of Advancement.  Graphics: Statista

NATO’s Seven Decades of Advancement. Graphics: Statesman

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