The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has been one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine in Europe, so the announcement of new security agreements with Sweden and Finland, both worried about the security threat posed by Moscow, against Russia. Strict resistance is based on British policy. Aggression
The agreements cross a new line, however, by saying that Britain could provide military assistance to both countries if attacked by Russia, even if they are not members of NATO, a transatlantic military alliance. ۔
Despite warnings from Moscow not to do so, both Sweden and Finland are debating whether to apply for NATO, whose members are subject to mutual Article 5 mutual defense guarantees.
But Mr Johnson’s agreement will help Sweden and Finns in any NATO accession process, especially if they are particularly vulnerable to Russian retaliation, or if they decide not to join the club. ۔
Mr Johnson, who visited the two countries on Wednesday, was asked if the agreement could mean the deployment of British troops in Finland, which shares an 800-mile border with Russia.
“In the event of a disaster or an attack on either of us, yes, we will come to each other’s aid, including military aid,” he said. He added that the type of assistance would depend on the application.
Sweden and Finland have offered mutual guarantees to Britain in return. “We will stand by and support each other in any situation, good or bad,” said Finnish President Sauli Ninistستو, who added that NATO membership should be considered. His country’s decision was prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier, in Stockholm, after being photographed in a boat with his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Anderson, Mr Johnson said the agreement with Sweden “strengthens the values that hold dear both countries”.
He added, “As you well put it, Magdalena, when we were on the lake: now we are literally and figuratively in the same boat.”
Glad to welcome PM. * Boris Johnson Significant discussions on our broader bilateral relations with Sweden and joint efforts to support Ukraine against Russian aggression. It was agreed to strengthen security and defense cooperation through a political declaration of solidarity. pic.twitter.com/ZUjF54jZsS
– SwedishPM (@SwedishPM) May 11, 2022
For Mr. Johnson, who has forged close ties with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, the move is a helpful distraction from the political turmoil at his home. Police fined Downing Street for violating a lockdown.. Asked on Wednesday if it could persuade him to resign, Mr Johnson declined to comment, saying he was focusing more on the threat from Russia.
Wednesday’s move was in line with Mr Johnson’s efforts to create a new foreign policy role for Britain following Briggs. Now out of the European Union and unable to influence its decisions, Britain is trying to make the most of its position alongside France.
In February, Britain announced a tripartite security agreement with Ukraine and Poland, and British ministers have made several visits to the Baltic states, which are particularly vulnerable to Russian aggression.
And the United Kingdom negotiated a joint venture, not only in NATO, but also in a lesser-known diplomatic form, consisting of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. I have played an important role.
Some EU diplomats believe that Britain could try to take advantage of this influence to divide the 27-nation bloc. For example, member states that receive military aid or guarantees from the UK are reluctant to take strong action against London in the event of escalation of its dispute with the EU over post-Brexit trade arrangements for Northern Ireland. Can be
But Downing Street on Wednesday asked if such contacts could be made in talks with Sweden and Finland, saying there were no conditions attached to the security guarantee.