STRATCOMCOE director: Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO would improve security

The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO would improve security in the Baltic Sea region, said Jānis Sārts, director of the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE), told Latvian Television on May 16.

He said that the Suwalki corridor would be of less importance, the Baltic Sea would become surrounded by NATO, so security and stability would increase as Russia would have fewer opportunities to destabilize the region.

Speaking of the reasons for the two countries to decide on joining NATO, Sārts said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine showed there was no guarantee of military protection in the event of war without joining NATO, as well as Russia being a real threat. In the past, there was no real belief that Russia would attack a neighbouring country for no reason, and it seemed to be enough to be in the European Union to be protected in the event of war, said Sārts.

The NATO leadership has already promised that it is ready to provide security guarantees to Finland and Sweden until the membership is approved.

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