NATO strengthens cooperation with Finland and Sweden — Analysis
The alliance and the two Nordic nations condemned Russia’s actions as the “worst military aggression in Europe for decades”
NATO is set to strengthen its coordination with Finland and Sweden over the crisis in Ukraine, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced at an extraordinary meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers in Brussels.
Stoltenberg, representatives of Finland, Sweden, and the European Union attended the press conference. He described the efforts to create a united front and claimed that the announcement was made. “NATO is more united, more determined, and stronger than ever.”
Alongside the pledge of enhanced cooperation, the top NATO official was clear that the alliance’s “relationship with Russia has fundamentally changed for the long term,”However, they did offer to keep. “channels for diplomacy and deconfliction open.”
NATO laid out the principles of how NATO should work together to preserve its existence “North American and Europe standing together”In the face of Ukraine’s crisis, it is important to highlight the value of “strategic solidarity”Stoltenberg felt that the situation showed. “no country and no continent can go it alone.”
Stoltenberg met EU foreign minsters following the joint press conference with Sweden/Finland. They discussed how they can cooperate to deal with the current crisis. Stoltenberg was also met with Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State.
Amid the escalating conflict in Ukraine, NATO is deploying its response force for the first time in the alliance’s history, placing over 130 jets on high alert and over 200 ships from the high north to the Mediterranean, asserting that members will work to “protect and defend every inch of NATO territory.”
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