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)