The press secretary of the U.S. military department, John Kirby, said that in the future Washington is ready to discuss the needs of the two countries in the field of defense.
The U.S. authorities believe that it is too early to talk about the possibility of providing security guarantees to Sweden or Finland in light of the potential entry of these countries into NATO, but in the future Washington is ready to discuss the needs of the two countries in the field of defense. This position was stated on Monday at a briefing by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.
“As we have said before, firstly, we support NATO’s open door policy. Secondly, whatever discussions there are about NATO membership, they will be conducted between the authorities of these two countries and the alliance,” he said. According to a representative of the U.S. military department, “the U.S. would not get ahead of itself” on this issue.
“As for security guarantees <…>, this is too far ahead of what stage the discussion is at now. We work with both countries on a regular basis. We have excellent partnerships with both Sweden and Finland. We are confident that if events develop in this direction, a strong relationship between the military will probably allow for a broader and deeper discussion of their security needs,” Kirby added.
At the beginning of April, the discussion on the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO intensified. The main members of the alliance supported this prospect. In Finland, the majority of members of parliament have already spoken in favor of the country joining the bloc. A possible decision on Finland’s application will be made jointly by the President and the Government. Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she would notify about this before her Social Democratic Party makes a decision at a meeting on May 14.