Democracy: Eastern Europe

Part of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

Many countries of eastern Europe chose to join NATO as soon as they were free to do so, because they regard membership of the defensive alliance as essential to their security and democracy. As a result of Russia’s invasion, Finland and Sweden are considering whether to make such an application; the Foreign Secretary has made it clear that the UK would support an application if it was forthcoming. Is the Minister confident that, in that event, NATO would agree to admit Finland and Sweden to the alliance?