Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that Warsaw would defend Sweden and Finland if they were attacked during their process of joining the NATO military alliance.
“I would like to make it clear that in the event of an attack on Sweden and Finland during their accession process, Poland will come to their aid,” he told the Strategic Ark conference led by a think tank in Warsaw.
Ending more than half a century of military neutrality, the two countries officially submitted their candidacies to join the military alliance on Wednesday, in response to Russia’s deadly war against Ukraine.
There is no official timetable for joining NATO, although new countries are required to complete several steps, including participating in formal membership negotiations at the military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels and submitting “declarations of commitment”. While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has hinted that applications from Finland and Sweden could be “fast-tracked”, analysts believe the process could still take several months.
Turkey has also threatened to block membership applications from the two Nordic countries, accusing them of supporting Kurdish groups that Ankara considers terrorist organizations. All NATO members must unanimously approve a candidate country before it can join the alliance.
The UK has also pledged to provide military assistance to Sweden and Finland if they come under attack as they transition to membership, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson signing bilateral security agreements last week. with both countries.
During the conference, Morawiecki also called for the creation of permanent NATO bases on the eastern flank of the alliance and said: “Poland is ready to build such bases.
The Polish prime minister also called Russia a “terrorist” and called on Western countries to continue isolating Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin.