In the face of Russian threats, France says it would defend Sweden and Finland.


France says will defend Sweden, Finland against any attack amid Russian threats

The Elysee said on Monday that France is ready to support Sweden and Finland, which recently announced their decision to join NATO, both politically and militarily, and to protect both Nordic countries against any threats or attacks, as Russia threatened a "response" to the Western alliance's expansion.

"Whoever seeks to put European solidarity to the test by threatening or challenging their sovereignty in any way must know that France will stand shoulder to shoulder with Finland and Sweden," the Elysee said in a statement.

"France reaffirms its commitment and solidarity under Article 42.7 of the Treaty of the European Union and stands ready to expand its security and defense cooperation with both partners, including through high-level political consultations and enhanced military interactions," the statement continued.

The two Nordic nations have confirmed that they will apply to join NATO, putting an end to decades of military nonalignment in a historic step prompted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

If Helsinki and Stockholm join NATO, Moscow has consistently warned of dire consequences.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his country "does not have a problem" with Sweden or Finland joining NATO, but that the "extension of military facilities onto their territory will of course give rise to our retaliation in response."

Vladimir Putin