Helsinki – September 6th 2015: The Conference on NATO and Russia in the Baltic Sea Area.
On Common Security for the European Union and Russia
In Sweden before the Parliamentary elections in 2014, the Swedish Government signed the Host Nation Agreement with NATO. The implication of this signature was that NATO, in times of crisis and war, will be able to deploy military equipment and staff for training on Swedish soil. Since nuclear weapons are not directly mentioned in this Agreement, they might very well be included in the process, forcing Sweden to support the NATO nuclear policy.
In Finland, the ‘Memorandum of Understanding of Host Nation Support’ – the prelude to the Agreement – is little known by the public and, probably, also to most politicians. It is said that it is only a part of “a planning and review process” that concerns Finland. It consists of 57 points leading to an extremely profound commitment to NATO.
While even during the height of the Cold War, Finland and Sweden remained neutral, they are now, without much public discussion and debate, being forced further away from neutrality into a much closer relationship with the NATO Alliance and perilously close to full NATO membership. This process heightens tension in the Baltic Region as it encompasses an increase in war exercises and, consequently, the arms race.
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