(ANSA) – LONDON, JUN 29 – Boris Johnson, leading sponsor of the entry into NATO of Sweden and Finland, met the leaders of the two Nordic countries, Magdalena Andersson and Sauli Niinistö, in a trilateral event on the sidelines of the Madrid summit reiterate the UK’s “unwavering support” for their aspirations. This was reported by Downing Street, specifying that the premier called today “a big step” forward and exalted the prospect of “permanent entry into our defensive alliance of two other pro-peace democracies”.
At the same time, BoJo indicated a common commitment to “oppose all threats and intimidations from Russia” and to “ensure the Ukrainian people the necessary tools” to counter “Putin’s futile war of aggression”.
The British Prime Minister then met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan face to face to thank him for lifting his initial ‘veto’ on Stockholm and Helsinki, which will make NATO “stronger”. Johnson also praised Erdogan’s “leading role” in the ongoing efforts to seek the unblocking of grain exiting Ukraine.