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NATO says it is not considering sending troops to Sweden or Finland after Putin threatens to retaliate

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization currently has no plans to send troops to Sweden and Finland once they complete the membership process launched this week, the deputy head of the NATO said on Tuesday. defensive alliance.

As AFP reported, Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said: “We don’t plan to have an additional presence in either country, they have tremendous national forces. They are capable of to defend oneself.”

“We do not plan to have NATO bases in these two countries because they have a very high level of military and strategic maturity,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last week that if military contingents and military infrastructure were deployed there, we would be forced to react symmetrically and raise the same threats to territories where threats have arisen for us.

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Geoana said that after the launch of the membership process on Tuesday, it would be up to the parliaments of the 30 member states to ratify Oslo and Helsinki’s membership of the Atlantic Alliance. Although an agreement in principle has been reached with Turkey to overcome its objections to the Nordic countries’ policy towards Kurdish militants, there is still some suspense over whether Ankara will ratify immediately.

Geoana hailed the support of NATO members and allies for Ukraine as it defends itself against the Russian invasion launched on February 24. But he acknowledged “active concerns” about how long the flow of arms and ammunition can be sustained. Also speaking on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “I am counting on the allies to complete a swift and smooth ratification process.

(with agency contributions)

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