Skip to comments.Haglund: Sweden and Finland closer to NATO than ever
Posted on 05/17/2014 3:58:05 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Finlands Ministry of Defence Carl Haglund says he believes Russias actions in Ukraine have brought Finland and Sweden closer to NATO now than they ever were in the past.
During his partys conference in the southern coastal city of Hanko on Saturday, the Swedish Peoples Party (RKP) Chair Carl Haglund spoke of the Ukraine crisis and its ramifications, defending Ukraines right to sovereignty and self-determination.
In a free Europe, every country is free to decide on its own development, without an army situated behind the border threatening to barge in, said Haglund.
Haglund says he is of the opinion that the crisis in Ukraine has added momentum to the NATO debate in Finland.
It is a bit of a paradox that Russias actions have pushed Finland and Sweden closer to NATO membership than ever before. I doubt that was the Russian intention, he said.
In his speech, Haglund said he hopes that discussion regarding the defence policy of the country will continue until the next parliamentary election, as Finland needs to engage in a serious debate on the countrys defence and security solutions.
Haglund indicated that he expected his own RKP party to decide its official position on these matters by next years party conference at the latest.
Poland is warning these two countries; “As long as Obama is President, the NATO promises have zero meaning. This you must believe and live with.”
I think they all know that President Obama will be gone in less than three years, and that the 5’5” KGB man will still be there.
Sweden will never join an alliance. They like selling to both sides.
It depends on whether they think their neutrality is too risky because of Putin’s aggression.
The Russian strong man is making everyone have to look at their vulnerabilities.
I think Finland might join before Sweden. Finland was part of Russia, so it knows.