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Former NATO Secretary General called on Sweden and Finland to join the alliance “right now”

Former NATO Secretary General Rasmussen called on Sweden and Finland to join the alliance “right now”

Sweden and Finland must implement plans to join NATO “right now”, while Russia is “busy” with a special military operation in Ukraine. This was stated by the former secretary general of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in an interview with CNBC.

“As for Finland and Sweden, it seems to me that these countries have a window of opportunity to join right now, when Putin is busy elsewhere,” the diplomat said.

According to Rasmussen, if the candidacy of these countries is approved, the process to join the alliance will take several months, since it must pass through the parliaments of 30 member countries of the organization before being ratified by NATO.

Earlier, CIA director William Burns said that Russia’s position on the inadmissibility of NATO expansion will not become an impediment to possible entry into the alliance of Finland and Sweden. “We should take the issues President Putin raises seriously, but none of this will stand in the way if Finland and Sweden move towards NATO membership and the alliance decides to expand,” Burns said.


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