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Nordic Countries Go All in for Ukraine, or, At Least against Russia

The leaders of five Nordic countries met in Stockholm yesterday and promised unending support to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “The Nordic countries have thus far provided Ukraine with more than €17 billion in military, financial and humanitarian support,” they said in a joint statement, reported TASS. The document notes that the Nordic countries have also signed bilateral agreements with Ukraine on security guarantees. The Nordic countries have pledged to “individually and jointly continue to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense, maritime and land warfare capabilities,” as well as “continue to contribute to training, provide equipment, support joint procurement, and make financial contributions,” and “work with Ukraine to increase its defense industry production.”

Finnish President Alexander Stubb was particularly militant. “The situation on the ground is critical,” Stubb said, reported Yle. “I call upon all of our Western allies, those who support Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression and imperialism, to help out.” He added that “It must be made clear to a country like Russia and to a leader like Putin that aggression has consequences, and those consequences are that Ukraine is European, a member of the European Union and a member of NATO.”

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