Sweden and Finland appear closer to joining Nato after a major stumbling block appeared to be cleared on Wednesday.
Nato on Wednesday evening said that the foreign ministers of Turkey, Sweden and Finland had all signed a trilateral memorandum which addressed “Türkiye’s legitimate security concerns”.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Nato leaders would as a result now be able to issue a formal invitation to Sweden and Finland to join the alliance.
Denmark stands to gain political weight and status within the defence alliance once Sweden and Finland are members, a Danish military analyst said.
“From a security politics point of view, this would give a close Nordic alliance within Nato,” Hans Peter Michaelsen, military analyst at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Military Studies, told news wire Ritzau.
Swedish and Finnish Nato membership could also benefit Denmark militarily, he said.
“Denmark, Sweden and Finland could now support each other militarily,” he said.
“We can complement each other with our different strengths. We can begin to look at distributing burdens internally between the countries. I’m thinking of areas such as the Baltic Sea region here,” he said.
Sweden has a strong navy which is attentive to the Baltic Sea, he noted.
“That means that Nato will command an area where Russia otherwise perhaps did not feel threatened,” he said.
“That will make the Russians consider their future strategy in the region,” he said.
Stoltenberg also cited the Baltic Sea region following the withdrawal by Turkey of its objections.
“This changes the entire balance of power in the Baltic Sea and Baltic Region,” Stoltenberg said according to news wire Ritzau.
With Sweden and Finland in the alliance along with Denmark and the Baltic countries, Nato countries will control all sea access to the Baltic Sea and thereby Russian ports in the region.