TALLINN - Estonian Minister of Defense Kalle Laanet said that the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO will ensure greater security for the people of the two countries even though the eastern border of NATO is set to become significantly longer.
Laanet noted that the domestic effort towards joining NATO has been made in Sweden and Finland, and now an effort needs to be made at the international level to ensure their accession is approved by all member states.
"If Finland and Sweden need any help with this regard, we're ready to provide it," Laanet said.
The Estonian defense minister said that following the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, the Baltic Sea will become an internal sea of the alliance, which will enable the forces of these countries to better plan their defense activities together both regionally and from NATO's perspective.
Laanet added that the new situation will also provide better awareness on the Baltic Sea and enable to more rapidly respond to possible threats together.
"Granted, NATO's eastern border will be extended by 1,300 kilometers but by acting in unison, we can offer greater security to our people," he said.