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U.S. proposes assurances to Sweden and Finland on NATO joining

U.S. proposes assurances to Sweden and Finland on NATO joining. 

Reuters: According to the White House, the U.S. is confident in handling any security concerns Sweden and Finland may have regarding the time between applying for NATO membership and being welcomed into the alliance.

Sweden and Finland are concerned that they will be subject to Russian threats throughout the application process, which might take up to a year to be accepted by all 30 NATO members.

“We are optimistic that we can handle any concerns either country may have regarding the duration between submitting a NATO membership application and gaining full membership in the alliance,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a briefing.

This month, both Sweden and Finland are anticipated to decide whether or not to apply to join NATO.

After meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said she had obtained security assurances, although she did not elaborate. 

Last month, Sweden’s defense minister warned that an application might prompt a range of Russian reactions, including cyber strikes and hybrid measures, such as media operations, to damage Sweden’s security.