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The two Scandinavian nations may join fellow Nordic nations, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway, within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if their functions to join the navy bloc are profitable. Carl Bildt, who served because the Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994, took to social media to affirm that Helsinki and Stockholm had been on the cusp of submitting their respective requests. Writing on Twitter late on Wednesday evening, Mr Bildt stated: “Tomorrow morning, Finland will officially announce its intention to seek NATO membership. And Sweden will follow within days.”

Mr Bildt’s remark comes after Boris Johnson visited Finland and Sweden to unveil parallel defence pacts.

The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, even confirmed the UK would provide navy assist throughout a “possible conflict with Russia”.

He stated: “I think the solemn declaration is itself clear.

“And what it says is that within the occasion of a catastrophe, or within the occasion of an assault on both of us, then sure, we’ll come to one another’s help, together with with navy help.

“But the nature of that assistance will of course depend upon the request of the other party.

“However, it is also supposed to be the inspiration of an intensification of our safety and our defence relationship in different methods as nicely.”

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He added: “It’s pivotal as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine has modified the equation of European safety and it has rewritten our actuality and reshaped our future.

“We’ve seen the end of the post-Cold War period and the invasion of Ukraine sadly has opened a new chapter.”

Mr Johnson additionally promised his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, that the UK “will not hesitate” to act within the occasion of an assault throughout a go to to Flen.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace responded to the announcement on Twitter.

He stated: “I am delighted by the announcement from the British and Swedish Prime Ministers on a mutual security agreement.

“Through the JEF and bilateral partnerships my counterpart Peter Hultqvist @ForsvarsdepSv and I consistently work to strengthen UK-Swedish defence ties.”

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A recent Demoskop survey also found 57 percent of Swedes now also favour NATO membership.

If either nation joined the bloc then they would be the first country since North Macedonia, which only obtained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, to accede into NATO.

However, US Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, who commanded all American land forces in Europe, appeared supportive of the potential Scandinavian expansion.

He said: “Sweden and Finland becoming a member of Nato is big – a really constructive growth.

“They are two very strong democracies, and the military of both is very good, capable and modernised, with remarkable mobilisation systems.”

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