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UK reaches security agreements with Sweden and Finland

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that according to new deals with Sweden and Finland, the UK would support both countries in the event of an attack. The British statement said the new arrangements would intensify intelligence sharing and accelerate joint military training, exercises and deployments.

Following the threats made by Russia with regards to Sweden’s and Finland’s plans to join NATO, the UK reached agreements with both countries to strengthen European security. Sweden and Finland are expected to announce their intentions in the coming days, but the application process for NATO membership could take up to a year.

“What we are saying, emphatically, is that in the event of a disaster or the event of an attack upon Sweden, then the UK would come to the assistance of Sweden with whatever Sweden requested,” Johnson said after meeting Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. “It is up to Sweden to make the request and to spell out exactly what support is requested,” he added.

Andersson told reporters at a briefing with Johnson at the Swedish government’s country retreat south of Stockholm that the agreement has increased the country’s security. “The support will be given on request by the affected country and may include military resources,” she explained.

Sweden and Finland have also received assurances of support from the United States and Germany.

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