UK Signs Security Deals with Sweden and Finland

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a security agreement with Sweden and Finland Thursday to strengthen northern Europe’s defense.

The new security agreement would allow the UK to share intelligence and join military training, exercises, and deployments with Finland and Sweden. The government of the UK also said that the deal would reinforce not only the security and defense in the three countries but all over northern Europe.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that Sweden and the UK agreed to work together in the face of crisis and conflict. “If either country should suffer a disaster or an attack, the United Kingdom and Sweden will assist each other in a variety of ways,” Andersson said.

Johnson said that in any case of an attack, the UK would provide any assistance necessary upon the request of Sweden and Finland.

Andersson also commented on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, saying that Russia has made the UK and Sweden more united and caused the transatlantic community to respond firmly to the war.

According to Anderson, Russia has expressed that it would increase its military presence in Sweden and Finland if it decided to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, it is still unclear how exactly Russia will respond.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said that the agreement between Finland and the UK would increase “enormously” the security in the nation.

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