Sweden Declares Intention to Join NATO
Following Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, Sweden's government has signaled its intention to follow Finland in a historic realignment on the European continent and join NATO. There is at least one abstention.
The government of Sweden issued a scathing report outlining how Russian aggression in Ukraine had fundamentally altered Europe's security equation on Friday, signaling that it could soon follow suit, a day after the leaders of Finland declared unequivocally that the nation would join NATO. The report stated that only NATO membership would offer the nation protection.
The study, which did not make any explicit recommendations, was released when it looked that western collaboration to fight Russian aggression was becoming more extensive. The United Kingdom has imposed new sanctions on members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle, including his ex-wife and a woman who is rumored to be his girlfriend. At the same time, top officials from the world's wealthiest democracies are meeting to discuss the possibility of a protracted war and its repercussions for the rest of the world, particularly the impact on the cost of food and energy.
A Russian blockade of all Ukrainian ports has resulted in tens of millions of tons of grain that was intended for export sitting in silos instead. This has worsened a problem jeopardizing food security, particularly in more economically disadvantaged nations. At the same time, Europe is working hard and spending a lot of money to remove its dependence on energy supplied by Russia. This is a complex and expensive undertaking.
Even while the foreign ministers and agriculture ministers from the Group of 7 major economies were gathering on Friday to lessen the war's broader effects, they also reinforced their commitment to the Ukrainian government. Before the meeting on Friday, the British foreign secretary, Liz Truss, stated that "it is absolutely crucial at this moment that we keep up the pressure on Vladimir Putin by delivering additional weaponry to Ukraine, by strengthening the sanctions." Truss made these remarks before the meeting.
The moves came as Russia continued to shell towns in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine, but the country could not make significant advances in the conflict. Simultaneously, Ukrainian forces have been evicting Russian forces from the area to the north of the city of Kharkiv.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, has declared that Turkey does not support the participation of Sweden and Finland in NATO. This comment has the potential to throw a wrench into the anticipated movements by both states to apply to join the military alliance.
As a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it is anticipated that Sweden and Finland will shortly submit their applications to become members of the military alliance.
On the other hand, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he did not agree with their intentions on Friday.
"As Turkey, we don't want to repeat similar mistakes. Furthermore, Scandinavian countries are guesthouses for terrorist organizations," Erdogan said.