Three countries promised to help Finland and Sweden in the event of an attack on them

If Finland and Sweden are attacked on their territory before joining NATO, Iceland, Norway and Denmark will help them “by all means necessary”

Norway, Denmark and Iceland said they would help Finland and Sweden if they become targets of aggression before joining NATO. The joint statement is posted on the Norwegian government website.

“The security of Finland and Sweden is important to our security. Together with Denmark and Iceland, Norway is ready to provide assistance to its Scandinavian neighbors by all necessary means if they become victims of aggression on their territory before obtaining NATO membership, — Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said.

He called what was happening a “tipping point”; in cooperation with the Nordic countries. Støre says the security guarantees provided by Norway, Denmark and Iceland send a “clear message”. “We will do our best to ensure that [Finland and Sweden join the alliance] quickly. I hope that Norway will be able to ratify the protocols on accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO very quickly,— added the prime minister.

He stressed that both countries have the right to continue the process of joining the alliance “without any attempts at outside interference.” The Nordic region poses no threat to anyone and will strive to live in peace with its neighbors, Støre said.

On Sunday, Sweden and Finland officially announced their decision to join NATO. Helsinki argued that membership in the alliance would strengthen the country's security and Finland's entry would make NATO stronger. In Stockholm, in turn, it was said that neutrality “served well”; government, but in the future such a policy will not be useful. They fear that they will be in a vulnerable position if they remain outside the alliance.

Russia says that the membership of Sweden and Finland in the bloc and, as a result, its expansion could pose a threat to the security of the region. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov argued that the overall level of military tension would increase in this case, and there would be less predictability. “They should not have any illusions that we will simply put up with this, just like in Brussels, Washington and other NATO capitals,” — he emphasized.

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President Vladimir Putin called Finland's decision to join NATO a mistake, saying that there were no threats to the country's security. “Such a change in the country's foreign policy may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which have been built in the spirit of good neighborliness for many years,” — he warned.

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