Sweden and Finland have deepened their military ties over the past few years and a proposal announced on Friday would take defense cooperation one step further.
The proposal would let the government decide whether to request military aid from Finland during an attack or a violation of Swedish territory. Today, that decision can only be made by Parliament.
However, Parliament’s approval would still be needed if Sweden wanted to send troops to help Finland fend off an attack, since that would be seen as an act of war, something Parliament should decide.
The proposal says, though, that the government could send forces to help Finland with a violation of its territory.
This year, Sweden will spend an estimated 52 billion Swedish kronor on defense. Finland will spend about 29 billion Swedish kronor.
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