Saeima supports Finland, Sweden's accession to NATO

On Thursday, July 14, the Saeima unanimously supported draft legislation ratifying the protocols on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty, Saeima press service said.

“The accession of Finland and Sweden is important in order to maintain credibility with NATO's open-door policy, particularly at the moment when pressure is exerted on it in relation to Russia's claims toward NATO shortly before its large-scale invasion of Ukraine,” said Rihards Kols (National Alliance), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission responsible for the bill. He indicated that Latvia has consistently defended the right of all countries to decide on their own security policy, their affiliation with alliances, and their future in general.

The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO will strengthen the alliance's total military capabilities in the Baltic Sea region, as well as increase capacity in deterrence and collective defense, Kols said. 

In view of the war in Ukraine launched by Russia, its aggressive rhetoric, and potential to escalate the security situation in the Baltic Sea region, it is in the interest of Latvia and allies to accelerate the process of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, as stated in the annotations of the draft laws.

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