Stoltenberg: The accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO would be quick

The accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO can go very quickly if these countries decide to apply, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels today.

– Finland and Sweden are very close partners. They are partners with wide possibilities. We worked together with them, we practiced together with them, we trained together with them – said Stoltenberg.

They meet NATO standards in most areas, have very well-organized and well-run defense and security institutions, he said.

– So, in many ways, of course, they are very close to NATO in all aspects. So, in that sense, this can pass very quickly if they decide to apply. But at the end of the day, this will be a political decision that Sweden and Finland must make if they want to apply. And I think it is a political decision between 30 allies – said Stoltenerg.

Finland and Sweden are members of the EU, but they are militarily neutral and have not joined NATO.

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