Farage of Brexit warns Finland and Sweden NATO admission a ‘mistake’

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has warned it could be a mistake for NATO to accept applications from the traditionally neutral Scandinavian countries of Finland and Sweden in the Western military alliance, as it increases the risk of drawing the West into a hot war .

Finland’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to support the country’s bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), with Finnish MPs backing the measure by a margin of 188 to 8. the military alliance.

If NATO accepted the applications, it would end Finland’s neutrality after World War II and Sweden’s more than 200-year military non-alliance, and significantly expand the border between the Western alliance and the Russian Federation. .

Speaking of the widely anticipated moves, Brexit leader Nigel Farage warned it could be a “mistake” to “lock in” Vladimir Putin in such a way.

“I understand why” [Sweden and Finland] might want to join NATO,” Farage said on his primetime GB News program on Monday, but wondered: “Does it make sense for NATO to let them in, are we in danger of actually locking in Putin here as we expand and extend to and include its borders?”

Farage, noting that his opinion may not be popular at Westminster, urged Western countries to “provide Putin with a way out so that we can begin peace negotiations”.

“I have been quite critical of NATO enlargement over the years. I always thought it was provocative towards a Russian leader, who would use paranoia with his own people… I even predicted a war in Ukraine in 2014 in the European Parliament,” Farage recalls.

Still, he denied that trying to prevent war, or even call for peace negotiations now, made him a “Putin supporter, as those on the left would shout”, explaining that he “regrets a lot of what happened in happened in Ukraine over time. the past three months.”

Despite the devastation and loss of life in Ukraine and the economic devastation the war has wrought in global supply chains and as possible famines loom, there is little hunger for peace in the halls of power in Washington, London or Brussels and those seeking dialogue Moscow, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, have been widely criticized for this.

According to Ukrainian media, the British government has been the biggest roadblock to peace talks with Russia, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson telling President Volodymyr Zelensky last month during his visit to Kiev that the West would not support peace talks with Putin over the assumption that the Russian military could be defeated.

Quoting a close associate of President Zelensky, Ukrayinska Pravda reported: “Johnson brought two simple messages to Kiev: Putin is a war criminal, he must be prosecuted, must not be negotiated. And second, if you’re willing to sign some warranty agreements with him, we’re not.”

The Johnson administration has also pledged the lives of British soldiers to protect both Sweden and Finland should they be attacked by Russia during the interim period when their NATO applications are reviewed by the national parliaments of alliance member states.

Putin has warned of possible reprisals if a military build-up takes place on the border with Russia in the two countries.

While there is broad support for the Nordic countries’ acceptance into NATO, there are other potential obstacles that could derail the process. The main opposition to date has come from Turkey, which was admitted to the alliance in the expansion of 1952.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government would not support any country that joins NATO and has imposed sanctions on Turkey, citing Sweden’s 2019 ban on arms sales over Turkish military actions in Syria.

The two countries have also hosted members of the Kurdish separatist group PKK, which Turkey has classified as a terror organization, characterizing Sweden as a “breeding ground” for terrorism and therefore unworthy of NATO membership. Since new members of the alliance are needed to gain the approval of all 30 national parliaments in the alliance, an objection from Turkey would be enough to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining.

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