NATO refuses to guarantee non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland

NATO Assistant Secretary General Camille Grand said that each member country decides for itself whether to deploy nuclear weapons on its territory. Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin said earlier that this issue is not on the agenda ” alt=”NATO refused to guarantee non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland” />

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Camille Grand said in an interview with RTS that he could not guarantee the non-deployment of nuclear weapons in Finland and Sweden if these countries join the alliance.

“In this context, I do not I am sure that it is worth giving some guarantees to Russia about our military strategy in this region,»,— he said. Grand added that this issue has not been discussed yet.

The NATO Assistant Secretary General also indicated that each country— a member of the bloc decides on its own whether or not to host nuclear weapons.

According to Grand, the North Atlantic Alliance is doing everything possible to speed up the entry of Sweden and Finland into the bloc. Both of these countries applied to join NATO on May 18, citing changes in the security sphere after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, Stockholm and Helsinki stressed that such a move is not directed against Moscow.

Applications from Sweden and Finland must be considered and approved by all 30 states— alliance members. Turkey does not support this move; it demands that these countries extradite members of the PKK to Ankara, close all organizations associated with structures that Turkey considers terrorist, and provide the Turkish side with appropriate guarantees. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan chided Finland and Sweden for being “dishonest and insincere” and vowed that as long as he is president, Ankara will not approve of their joining the alliance.

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General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, who supports the accession of Stockholm and Helsinki, urged to take into account Ankara's fears. Grand expressed the hope that the differences could be resolved by the next NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid from 28 to 30 June.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in May that the topic of deploying nuclear weapons in the country or opening bases of NATO countries is not discussed. According to her, the alliance is not interested in this. In addition, such a decision can only be made at the national level, no one is able to impose it on Helsinki, said Marin. Sweden is also against the deployment of nuclear weapons and permanent bases on its territory.

Three members of the North Atlantic Alliance have nuclear weapons— USA, France and Great Britain.

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