A answer in a couple of weeks

That Sweden ought to be blocked and Finland’s NATO utility accepted individually is just not one thing Stoltenberg sees in entrance of him:

– Finland and Sweden have chosen to use at the identical time. We deal with and work with it as a course of, he says at a press convention in Copenhagen.

He says he continues to be satisfied that the accession course of for Sweden and Finland will proceed shortly. NATO has ongoing contacts with Turkey, Sweden and Finland and he believes in a fast answer in that space. When requested what he means by quick, he solutions:

– Our purpose is for it to go as quick as potential in any respect. We’ve talked about weeks earlier than, that is nonetheless my purpose.

Special challenges

Turkey have to be taken significantly, he emphasizes at the identical time and emphasizes that the nation is a very important NATO member, however with very particular safety challenges.

– No different NATO nation has skilled extra terror than Turkey and no different NATO nation has extra refugees, for instance, than Turkey has, says Jens Stoltenberg.

He additionally remembers that NATO has repeatedly previously been in a position to bridge conflicts, regardless of the numerous historic, geographical and political variations of the 30 alliance international locations.

In the curiosity of Turkey

At his facet is Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who feedback on the dialogue concerning the Turkish opposition that Turkey additionally advantages from a stronger alliance. And, she emphasizes, that is strictly what’s going to occur if Sweden and Finland are admitted.

– All 30 NATO international locations, together with Turkey, have an curiosity in strengthening the alliance, says Frederiksen.

When she is requested that Denmark’s protection spending at present doesn’t quantity to 2 p.c of the state finances and that the purpose is just not to achieve it till 2033, she is supported by Stoltenberg, who describes Denmark as a very important and extremely valued member of the alliance.

He factors out specifically that Denmark shortly raises its hand and sends the army when NATO sees a necessity for it, most just lately to Latvia after the outbreak of battle in Ukraine. And Frederiksen himself bites off:

– Denmark has nothing to be ashamed of, quite the opposite.

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