U.S. offers assurances to Sweden, Finland over NATO application

Publish date: Fri, 06 May 2022, 07:39 AM

WASHINGTON - The United States is confident it can address any security concerns Sweden and Finland may have about the period of time after they apply for NATO membership and before they are accepted into the alliance, the White House said on Thursday.

Sweden and Finland are concerned they would be vulnerable to Russian threats during an application process, which could take up to a year to be approved by all 30 NATO members.

"We are confident that we could find ways to address any concerns either country may have about the period of time between a NATO membership application and the formal accession to the alliance," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told a briefing.

Both Sweden and Finland are expected to make a decision about whether to apply to join NATO this month.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday that she had received security assurances, but she did not give any details.

Sweden's defense minister said last month that an application could trigger a number of responses from Russia, including cyber attacks and hybrid measures - such as propaganda campaigns - to undermine Sweden's security.

 


  - Reuters

 

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ks55

Both countries are testing Russian tolerance, and at the same time to see if Biden will walk his talk. Unlikely US is going to war with Russia. Any sign of US /NATO involvement will trigger nuclear war.

1 week ago

markgold

A young prime minister of Sweden just like Ukraine prime minister who bet that Russian dare not to start a war.

6 days ago

Tobby

Era of dumbness! I really don't know why US and EU so busy trying to create WW3! Yet at the same time so dependent on Russia for oil!
I mean, why not totally cut off from Russia first before poking Russia!

6 days ago

Up_again

Since when is US dependent on others for oil, gas, wheat, corn or cotton?

5 days ago

Tobby

I am talking about EU! Take Germany for example! Used to rely 90% of their energy from nuke plants! Until that dumbass iron lady replaced them all with coal and gas plants using Russia oil! How dumbass is that!
As for US! They are now spending their budget to supply Ukraine with weapons and financial assistance! In the end, US economy will tank, only making military obligachs happy!

5 days ago

Tobby

US and EU hardly focus on their economy! All focus on creating geopolitics tension! Already forgot about their climate crisis! And now dragging whole Asean neighbours into geopolitical tension with China!

5 days ago

markgold

Since 300 years ago till now all Western countries use forces and slavery to create their wealth.

5 days ago

markgold

Now western countries use new weapons: economic sanction and policies eg. ESG, forced labour in Xinjiang (In fact, a lot of forced labour happened in US farm ; illegal workers from South America that go to US to seek for better future).

5 days ago

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