In response to Russian threats, France says it would defend Sweden and Finland.

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This combination of file pictures created on September 14, 2020 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and President Emmanuel Macron. (AFP)
In response to Russian threats, France says it would defend Sweden and Finland.

In response to Russian threats, France says it would defend Sweden and Finland.

The Elysee said on Monday that France is ready to support Sweden and Finland, which just declared their desire to join NATO, both politically and militarily, and to safeguard both Nordic nations from any threats or attacks.

“Whoever seeks to put European solidarity to the test by threatening or attacking national sovereignty through whatever methods,” the Elysee stated in a statement.

“France confirms its commitment and solidarity under Article 42.7 of the Treaty of the European Union, and is ready to deepen security and defense cooperation with both countries, particularly through high-level political meetings and enhanced military exchanges,” the statement continued.

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In a historic decision prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the two Nordic countries confirmed that they will pursue NATO membership.

Moscow has warned that if Helsinki and Stockholm join NATO, it will have serious consequences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Monday that his country “does not have a problem” with Sweden or Finland joining NATO, but that the “extension of military facilities onto their area will of course prompt our response.”

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