United Kingdom Johnson signs security assurance with Sweden and Finland


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to assist Sweden and Finland in visiting them to sign a historic declaration of security in the event of an attack.

The two countries are considering joining the NATO military alliance after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow warned that both countries would face “serious military and political implications” if they did so.

Johnson arrived in Stockholm on May 11 and met with Swedish counterpart Magdalena Anderson at her official residence, Harpsand, where they signed a mutual security guarantee.

“We are fueling the values ​​that both Sweden and the UK value, and we do not hesitate to defend them,” Johnson said in a joint press conference.

He cited the Swedish-developed and British-made N Raw anti-tank weapons used by the Ukrainian army to destroy numerous Russian tanks as evidence of effective defense cooperation between Britain and Sweden.

Anderson said he was “extremely pleased” to sign the Declaration of Solidarity. He said this would make his country safer, whether or not he eventually joined NATO.

The British Prime Minister will visit Finland later that day, where he is expected to conclude a security agreement similar to that of the country’s President Sauli Niinistö.

In a statement, Johnson said:

“These are not short-term temporary gaps, but long-term efforts to strengthen military relations and global stability, and to strengthen Europe’s defenses for the next generation.”

The Declaration will see a “step-by-step change” in defense and security cooperation between the UK and the two Scandinavian countries, the UK government said, and the three countries will step up information sharing and carry out joint military training, exercises and deployments. He added that it would accelerate.

The UK also proposes to increase military deployments in the region, including the assets and personnel of the Royal Air Force, Royal Army and Royal Navy, the government said.

Despite the previous neutral tradition, support for NATO membership has risen sharply in both Sweden and Finland since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Johnson said whether or not to join NATO was a “Sweden issue”, but said that if the UK decides to apply for membership, the UK will support Sweden.

Anderson said Sweden is “exploring all possible options” and NATO is “one of the options at the table.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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