Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made non-NATO nations Sweden and Finland rethink their security requirements, and both might decide to apply to join NATO.


This article by Carl Bildt, writing for ASPI, makes the following points:
  • Most European leaders played down US warnings about a Russian attack on Ukraine.
  • After years of dragging their feet, almost all European NATO members have aligned with the goal of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence.
  • In addition to increasing its military presence in member states such as Poland, NATO is likely to add Finland and Sweden to its ranks.
  • Before applying to join NATO, both Finland and Sweden need to ensure that most of their people will support such an application.
  • However, current trends make it likely that both Finland and Sweden will submit applications to join NATO before the NATO summit held in June 2022 in Madrid.


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    Source: Strategist (ASPI)