London (The Times Groupe)- The UK has signed security pacts with Sweden and Finland, agreeing to aid both countries if attacked.
Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, visited both nations to sign the agreements amid debate over NATO membership.
Finland and Sweden also agree to assist the UK in a crisis.
In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Johnson and Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson said cooperation was “even more important.”
In a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, the second deal was announced.
According to Johnson, the “solemn declaration” between the UK and Finland reflects the “extreme difficulty of the times”.
The deal was not a temporary stopgap while Finland considered joining NATO, but rather an “enduring assurance between two nations”.