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 James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

The phrase that comes to mind is, “When people are free to choose, they choose freedom.” In this instance, a number of countries are seriously considering joining NATO—as the hon. Gentleman says, predominantly Finland and Sweden. I have no doubt that their application will be considered seriously by NATO member states. They are both serious defence players in their own right. Our view is that they would be an asset to NATO. Ultimately, the choice is for the people of those countries, but as my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has said, we would look favourably on that application.