Nor will the Finnish membership have any immediate effects on the security situation in Sweden, he continues:
“We would have preferred to be approved together, obviously, but short-term it’s less important. We’ve have already been granted invitee status and the ensuing security guarantees from NATO”, Bydén says.
Should the accession process be lengthy, the situation may change, he adds.
“If it were to take years, Sweden would have to adjust its defence plans”, Bydén says.
However, the Chief of Defence is confident that Sweden will follow in Finland’s footsteps shortly.
“I am convinced that Sweden will become a member of the alliance and that we will be able to contribute to security and stability in our region, together with NATO. We are ready”, says Bydén.