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Poland promises to support Sweden, Finland if ‘attacked before entering NATO’

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki – Photo: REUTERS

“I consider the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO is an important signal in strengthening security in Europe. I want to make it clear that in the event of an attack on Sweden or Finland during the admissions process, Poland will support them,” Morawiecki was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

Sweden and Finland officially applied to join NATO on May 18. NATO is expected to discuss the issue in the coming weeks. Last weekend, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the organization would speed up the process of admitting Finland and Sweden.

However, admitting new members will need the consent of all NATO member states.

Poland is one of the countries that support Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Mr. Morawiecki previously said that Warsaw wants the two countries to be admitted as soon as possible. Similarly, other countries such as the US, France, and Canada also support the admission of Sweden and Finland.

In contrast, the Turkish government and President Zoran Milanovic of Croatia oppose the accession of the two Nordic countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Stockholm should not expect Ankara to support joining NATO without addressing “terrorists”.

Ankara is accusing Sweden and Finland of harboring Kurdish extremist groups, which Turkey considers a terrorist group.

Meanwhile, on May 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO is not a direct threat to Russia, but warned that Moscow will react if the bloc opens. expanding military infrastructure in the territories of the two countries.

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