The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that the UK could provide Sweden with nuclear support against Vladimir Putin.
Putin has repeatedly barked that there will be a full scale nuclear war since the start of the war in Ukraine and has warned Sweden and Finland against joining NATO which would further anger the Russian leader.
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Stockholm is soon to put in an application to join NATO within days which will afford them the protection of the Alliances Article V, meaning an attack on one is an attack on all.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has previously warned Finland and Sweden “should not base their security on damaging the security of other countries.”
Russia warned, “Their accession to NATO can have detrimental consequences and face some military and political consequences.”
Johnson met with his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson whereby he said that the UK will support Sweden with whatever support they need around joining NATO.
Johnson was asked will the UK provide Sweden with nuclear support is asked, the Prime Minister said, “When it comes to our nuclear deterrent, that’s something we don’t generally comment on.
“What I’ve made clear is that it is up to either party to make a request and we take it very seriously.”
On Sweden’s joining NATO Johnson said, “I’m sure the UK will support whatever course of action Sweden decides to embark upon and we’ll be as useful and supportive as we can.”
The Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said, “The tensions in this part of Europe and around the Baltic Sea have increased during the last years given Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, also before February 24, also the military build-up of Russia and also a more aggressive rhetoric from Russia.
“Of course, after February 24 tensions are even stronger or more difficult than before.”
She added, “If Sweden decides to send an application to join NATO, Russia has said they will respond, but exactly how they will respond is unclear.
“They have said they will increase their military presence in this region if Sweden and/or Finland sends in an application.”
Johnson and Andersson both signed a mutual security assistance deal which allow them both to “share more intelligence, both to our military exercises and further our joint development of technology,” Johnson told reporters.
The British Prime added, “What we’re saying and doing now is, in some ways, no more than a statement of the obvious – that two liberal democracies faced with an attack upon one or the other would want to come to each other’s support, whether it’s in the event of a disaster or military attack.
“What we’re saying today is that upon request from the other party, we would come to the other party’s assistance, and it’s vital to state that, even more important to state that now, in the grim circumstances in which we find ourselves with the Russian attack on Ukraine.”