The Swedish Prime Minister and leaders in Stockholm have said Sweden will “join NATO in June this year” in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine.
A senior US official said this week that Vladimir Putin has made a “major strategic blunder” as he has pushed countries to join NATO amid his aggression.
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Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and other party leaders have decided their ‘goal is for Sweden to join NATO in June this year’, the SVD outlet reported.
An official told The Times this week that discussions for both Finland and Sweden has been a “topic of conversation and multiple sessions” involving NATO leaders.
Opinion polls in Finland shows that 84% of Finns view Russia as a “significant military threat” since Putin invaded Ukraine on 24 February.
On Monday, Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, “We have repeatedly said that the alliance remains a tool geared towards confrontation and its further expansion will not bring stability to the European continent.”
Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that membership for NATO will be discussed in “the coming weeks” and a lot of Finns support joining the Alliance.
Last week Alexander Stubb, the former Prime Minister of Finland warned, “The Finns think that if Putin can slaughter his sisters, brothers and cousins in Ukraine, as he is doing now, then there is nothing stopping him from doing it in Finland.”
“We simply don’t want to be left alone again,”he added, in reference to the Soviet-Finnish Winter War which lasted from November 1939 to March 1940.