Skip to content

Finnish and Swedish foreign ministers meet with Nato, say they want to stay in the loop

The ministers reiterated their countries' commitment to aid Nato in the de-escalation of ongoing tensions with Russia.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto met with Ann Linde and Jens Stoltenberg on Monday.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) joined his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde for a meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels on Monday.

The three reportedly discussed security concerns related to ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

At a press conference following the meeting, Stoltenberg reiterated that cooperation with Sweden and Finland is of vital significance to Nato, as is sharing assessments of the situation as it unfolds.

"It is important for the whole Baltic Sea region," he stated.

The secretary general further stressed that while Nato will work closely with the two countries, it will also respect their independence and freedom to choose their own security policies.

In his statement, Haavisto welcomed Nato's open door policy.

"Cooperation between Finland, Sweden and Nato will strengthen the stability of the Baltic Sea region for the foreseeable future. Cooperation benefits all parties," he said, adding that the core principles of European security must be respected, and any violation of these principles would undermine the foundation of international security.

Linde stated that Russia's actions, namely the gathering of troops at its border with Ukraine and its threatening rhetoric, are of great concern to Sweden.

"Nato and the EU have made it clear to Russia that there is no room for armed conflict in Europe and that the consequences of further aggression would be enormous," she said.

Stoltenberg emphasised that the organisation will continue diplomatic talks and dialogue with Russia, citing the Nato-Russia Council meeting that took place in Brussels in January as a step in the right direction.

Commenting on Nato's addition of troops to Baltic countries and Poland, the secretary general stated that "this is defence. Nato is not a threat to Russia."

According to Stoltenberg, there is also talk of increasing air surveillance and naval presence in the area.