The Czech Republic fully supports the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance, the Foreign Minister said Jan Lipavsky.

“We warmly welcome Finland and Sweden and support their interest in joining [к НАТО]We consider them our friends,” he said.

At the same time, the diplomat recalled that time is needed to expand the alliance at the expense of the two Scandinavian countries.

“We still need to reach a political agreement. As soon as we have it, then the question of ratification in the national parliaments will remain, ”said the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry.

12 May Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and prime minister Sanna Marin issued a statement that Helsinki should immediately apply for membership in NATO. According to the Finnish leader, his decision was influenced by Russia’s demand from NATO to abandon the advance to the east and the start of a military operation in Ukraine.

On the same day, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reported on Stockholm’s plans to apply for NATO membership on Monday, May 16. the following day, the President of Finland is scheduled to visit Sweden, during which he will hold talks with the Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson.

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