Finland And Sweden To Decide Issues On Nuclear Weapons Only After Joining NATO
EUROPE - Both Finland and Sweden say they will be deciding issues on nuclear weapons only after they are officially accepted into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but that they do not seek any opt-outs or preconditions for joining the alliance, they said at a press briefing in Helsinki.
The Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said, "We shouldn't [make] any preconditions. This isn't something that we are actively now discussing. We are waiting to become members, and then these kinds of matters can be discussed", the Finnish Prime Minister said.
She also said that Finland does not want to "close any doors" to membership to the alliance by setting preconditions to joining NATO.
The Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson also stated, "We'll go hand-in-hand, also in this sense, with Finland. And of course, we acknowledge the fact that we embrace all of Nato's capabilities, as Nato is today. But I think Sweden and Finland should draw exactly the same conclusions".
The Swedish Prime Minister also said that he is convinced that the two country's pending membership to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be ratified by all of its members.
As of November 1st, only two of the 30 NATO members had not yet ratified Sweden and Finland's application to join the alliance: Hungary and Turkey.
The STT news agency reported last month that Hungary plans to ratify both country's membership in the middle of December, citing POLITICO.
The Finnish President Sauli Niinistö also spoke on behalf of Finland regarding the placing of nuclear weapons on its own territory.
"It is a very distant idea that Finland will ask or NATO will offer to place nuclear weapons here... Everyone should remember that the use of nuclear weapons is the end of everyone," Niinistö said.
The head of Sweden's Armed Forces, Micael Byden said that "To draw red lines even before we’re becoming a member only creates obstacles and frictions".
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