German Chancellor invites Finnish, Swedish PMs to Berlin for talks

The two Nordic nations continue to work closely together, with Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) meeting his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde in Helsinki on Friday.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will visit Berlin next week at the invitation of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

In a press release, the government’s office said that Marin will attend a meeting at the castle retreat of Schloss Meseberg near Berlin on Tuesday 3 May.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson will also attend the event, with talks expected to focus on the changed security situation in Europe.

Finland and Sweden have been working very closely together since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the issue of the Nordic nations potentially joining the Nato alliance high on the political agenda in both countries.

Earlier on Friday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Green) met with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde in Helsinki.

Speaking at a joint press conference, Haavisto repeated his wish that the two Nordic nations could follow the same timetable as they move towards applying for Nato membership.

Responding to a reporter’s question about security guarantees in the interim period before any possible membership application might be ratified, Minister Linden emphasised the close cooperative relationship between Finland and Sweden while Haavisto said that Nato will ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

If one or both countries were to apply to join Nato, the applications must be ratified by all 30 current member states, a process which could take between four and 12 months.

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