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The UK has pledged to support Sweden and Finland in the event of Russian threats

The UK has pledged to support Sweden and Finland in the event of Russian threats

Copenhagen – The United Kingdom Promised to help Sweden And this Finland Two agreements signed by the British Prime Minister this Wednesday, the 11th, against possible threats from Russia Boris Johnson With the Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Anderson And with the President of Finland Sauli Niinistro. The pledge included a large shipment of British troops and weapons to northern Europe.

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According to a statement issued by the British Prime Minister, the agreement “will strengthen the security of Northern Europe in the face of renewed threats”. “It is a symbol of the eternal guarantee between our nations,” he added.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson shook hands with the President of the Left and Finland, Sauli Ninestro, on the right after the signing of the Security and Cooperation Agreement between the United Kingdom and Finland on Wednesday.  NATO - Frank Austin / AFP
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson shook hands with the President of the Left and Finland, Sauli Ninestro, on the right after the signing of the Security and Cooperation Agreement between the United Kingdom and Finland on Wednesday. NATO – Frank Austin / AFP

“This is not a short-term suspension agreement, but a long-term commitment to strengthening military ties and global stability, and to strengthening Europe’s security for future generations,” he continued.

In a press conference with Anderson, Johnson said the United Kingdom would be there to help in the event of a catastrophe or military strike. He did not comment on whether it contained nuclear weapons.

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Security Agreement, with enhanced intelligence sharing, increased joint military training and enhanced security in Northern Europe, enhancing security and defense cooperation between the United Kingdom and the two countries.

Previously, British troops were already in the Baltic Sea with a joint naval force of 10 northern European nations: United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands And Norway.

Moreover, this is not the first military cooperation between Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom. In 2017, the two Nordic countries joined the British-led rapid-reaction military force, which is designed to be more flexible and more aggressive in response to attacks than the larger NATO alliance.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walk into the garden of the Swedish government's official country house.  They signed the Military Cooperation Agreement on Wednesday, the 11th - Frank Austin / AFP
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walk into the garden of the Swedish government’s official country house. They signed the Military Cooperation Agreement on Wednesday, the 11th – Frank Austin / AFP

Sweden’s prime minister has said the war to “unify” European nations is over. “Putin thought he could cause a split, but he did the opposite. We are more united here today than ever before,” he said. “In times of crisis, cooperation is even more important. This also applies to our international security partnership. Sweden’s partnership with the UK and NATO is important in these exceptional times, ”he said.

The Kremlin has warned of “military and political repercussions” if Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO.. Anderson fears Putin’s forces could increase his military presence in the region if he seeks membership.

When a country seeks to join NATO, it is necessary to wait until all 30 member states of the alliance approve the document. Because of this, Sweden and Finland sought a guarantee of support so that if the application was submitted they would not be insecure during the approval process.

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However, analysts say that military action against the Nordic countries is unlikely, given the concentration of Russian forces in Ukraine. For example, many troops stationed near the Finnish border were sent to Ukraine and suffered significant casualties.

The two Nordic countries are expected to announce their positions on NATO membership in the coming days.. “If Finland takes this historic step, it will be for the protection of our own citizens,” he said. Sanna Marin At a news conference following talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Wednesday. “Joining NATO will strengthen the entire international community, upholding common values,” he added.

Johnson met Anderson at Harpsund, the Swedish prime minister’s retreat 90 kilometers southwest of Stockholm. Meetings with Ninestro continued at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. The Finnish President plays a significant role in Finland’s foreign and security policy decisions. / Associated Press