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Finland and Sweden do not change their plans to join NATO together

Feb 2, 2023

Finland and Sweden are still determined to become members of NATO at the same time, despite difficulties in negotiations between Sweden and Turkey.

According to SVT, the prime ministers of both countries said so after the meeting.

"I think it's important that we send a common message today. Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO together, and it is in everyone's interest that we join NATO together," said Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
She added that she does not agree with those who are starting to make Sweden out to be the "problem child in the classroom," because it is not. "Sweden comprehensively meets the criteria necessary to become a member of NATO. And it is in NATO's interest that Sweden and Finland join together because we have a common security situation," the prime minister stressed.

For his part, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said he understood Finland's situation and appreciated its willingness in this situation to move into the Alliance with Sweden anyway.

Author - Olena Madiak, 02/02/2023

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