Ex-Nato secretary general: “Finland and Sweden could become members overnight”

In an interview with Yle published on Saturday, former Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed this past week’s series of talks between Russian, European and US officials aimed at de-escalating tensions surrounding Ukraine

“In practice, Russia is demanding a veto over Nato enlargement. The doors of Nato will remain open, and we do not want Vladimir Putin to serve as a doorman,” he said.

Rasmussen said he does not believe that Russia will attack Ukraine.

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According to Rasmussen, Finland and Sweden are Nato’s closest partners.

“If Finland and Sweden applied for membership, we could decide on it overnight. You could be a member the very next day because you meet all the necessary membership criteria,” said Rasmussen, who was Nato Secretary General from 2009 to 2014.