Baltic Times
November 15, 2022

NATO’s ambition is Sweden, Finland’s membership before Vilnius Summit – Lithuania

NATO decisions on further bolstering its eastern flank and the participation of Sweden and Finland at next year’s Vilnius Summit as full members should be the Alliance’s ambition, say advisers to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.

This aspiration was stressed on Monday at a Vilnius meeting of senior advisers to the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Poland on foreign policy and national security issues.

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The Lithuanian presidential advisers briefed their counterparts on the progress of preparations for the NATO Summit in Vilnius, its objectives and expectations.

“The advisors stressed that decisions on further strengthening NATO’s eastern flank, consolidation of political and practical support to Ukraine, as well as the participation of Sweden and Finland at the NATO summit as full members should be the key goals,” the statement reads.

Presidential advisers also discussed the implementation of the decisions made at the NATO Summit in Madrid and agreed on the need to make progress in boosting air defense and enhancing allied capabilities in the region.

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Turkey accuses Finland and Sweden in particular of harboring Kurdish fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and of supporting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. Ankara and Stockholm are currently holding talks to resolve the differences.

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