Swedish armed forces ready and waiting to join NATO as Finland becomes member

A file photo of a press conference by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde following the signature of the NATO Accession Protocols for Finland and Sweden (NATO)
  • As Finland officially joins NATO, preparation from the Swedish armed forces is essentially complete according to representatives.
  • “It’s really the political decision that we’re waiting for, but we would be ready to join NATO now.” says Jonas Haggren, Vice Admiral of the Swedish Navy and soon-to-be Swedish Military Representative to NATO in Brussels.
  • The main challenges facing the Swedish armed forces will be the mental adjustment, says Håkan Edström, Associate Professor in Political Science at the Swedish Defence University.
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