NATO General Director Jens Stoltenberg declared if Sweden applies to join the coalition, the organization will ensure Sweden’s security by increasing its troop involvement in the Baltic Sea.
The Organization is Expanding
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reassured Swedes if their country applied to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the organization would give security guarantees throughout the candidacy and transitioning process.
“There are various approaches. I am certain we will find answers for Sweden’s security requirements throughout the transitional phase between when it applies and when it joins,” Stoltenberg told Swedish network SVT.
“We must recall when Sweden seeks membership and NATO says they want Stockholm to join, NATO has a very significant commitment to ensure Sweden’s security.”
“We’re recognizing it in a variety of ways, including by increasing the concentrations of NATO and NATO forces in the region surrounding Sweden and the Baltic Sea,” he continued.
The Permanent Council of the Finns Party, Finland’s 2nd-largest party, has just voted on applying for NATO membership.
61 voted yes ✅
3 voted no ❌
The Finns party’s support for NATO membership is rock solid.
Another step closer to Finland joining NATO.
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) April 30, 2022
“We aim to have a swift resolution for the process itself,” Stoltenberg said, reiterating his comment history that both Sweden and Finland might be quick toward NATO membership.
“It would be a clear indication of a political willingness to prioritize Sweden’s security concerns.”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered Sweden’s probable NATO membership.
Russia declared antagonism towards the nation entering the alliance, threatening serious consequences if both Sweden and Finland join, even threatening to put nuclear weapons in the Baltic sea region.
While not Sweden nor Finland has made an official choice to unite with NATO, both nations are likely to make choises on the matter in the next weeks, ahead of a NATO summit set for the next month in June.
“The security environment in Europe and Finland is more severe and hard to forecast than at any point since the Cold War,” Finnish leader Sauli Niinistö said last month.
“The alteration is expected to persist a long time.”
In the meantime, Sweden is due to release a study on NATO membership next week, after delaying it by two weeks last month.
— SingleBuchi (@singlebuchi) May 6, 2022
Ann Linde, Sweden’s Foreign Affairs minister, said if Finland decides to apply, it will have an effect on Sweden’s choice.
An Unexpected Ally
South Korea’s National Spy Agency (NIS) was accepted to NATO’s Collaborative Cyber Defense Excellence (CCDCOE) on Thursday, making it the military alliance’s first Asian membership.
“By expanding the number of our workers sent to the facility and broadening the scope of collaborative training, we hope to boost our cyber reaction skills to a worldwide scale,” the South Korean intelligence service stated.
Following a significant Russian hack in May 2008, the CCDCOE was founded in Estonia; it remained one of the defining moments in modern Estonian history.
The attack, which Russia undertook in response to Estonia’s decision to relocate a World War II Red Army warrior monument, lasted weeks. It paralyzed banks, media, and governmental agencies.