The Times: Sweden and Finland are likely to join NATO this summer

World | April 11, 2022, Monday // 09:18
Bulgaria: The Times: Sweden and Finland are likely to join NATO this summer @Wilson Center

Sweden and Finland can join NATO as early as the summer.” This was reported by The Times, citing its own sources.

Finland is expected to apply to join the North Atlantic Alliance in June, followed by Sweden, the newspaper said.

The Swedish and Finnish authorities are working together to reach a consensus in their countries on NATO membership, but each country will make the final decision on its own.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the possible accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO was one of the most discussed topics at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on April 6th and 7th.

Finland may decide to apply for NATO membership in May, the Iltalehti newspaper reported on April 7th. On April 14, the newspaper said, the Finnish cabinet will publish an addendum to its report on foreign policy and security. Finnish parliamentary committees will start discussing it after the Easter holidays. The newspaper emphasizes that the position of the Finnish government on NATO membership will not be explicitly stated in the text of the addendum.

The newspaper's sources suggest that the Council of Ministers will decide on NATO in the first two weeks of May. The information will then be passed on to NATO in Brussels.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told reporters on April 7th that if Finland applied, NATO's accession process could take several months to a year.

The ruling Swedish Social Democratic Workers' Party is now discussing the country's internal membership in NATO. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said she no longer ruled out the possibility of her country reconsidering its non-alignment policy and joining the alliance. She has said many times before that freedom from military alliances serves Sweden well, but now she said that “when redrawing the map of security policy, we need to make a new analysis and make decisions based on that.”

Follow on Twitter and Facebook

Write to us at

Информирайте се на Български -

/The Times, BGNES

We need your support so can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

World » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Sweden, Finland, NATO, join
Advertisement All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news (Sofia News Agency - is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." (Sofia News Agency - and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria