Presenting a cross-party doc on European safety, Ann Linde mentioned it will be essential for Sweden to obtain safety assurances through the transition interval to minimize danger of Russian retaliation.
The UK pledged Wednesday to come back to assistance from Sweden and Finland if the 2 Nordic nations got here beneath assault.
Sweden is extensively anticipated to observe Finland’s lead, with some studies suggesting it might search membership as early as subsequent week.
Joining the alliance signifies that different members are obliged to come back to a rustic’s defence whether it is attacked.
Speaking Friday, Ms Linde mentioned Nato membership would enhance safety for neighbouring nations, and that Sweden’s conventional non-alignment had “served us well”, however that the safety scenario had modified.
“A possible Swedish membership in NATO would raise the threshold for military conflicts and thus provide a conflict-preventing effect in northern Europe,” she mentioned.
The nation’s defence minister, Peter Hultqvist, added: “We must be prepared for this situation to continue for a long time. We must be prepared for the situation to worsen”.
The feedback come after Finland’s president and prime minister mentioned in a joint assertion that Nato membership would strengthen its safety, whereas additionally strengthening Nato.
“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” they said. “We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”
Russia reacted with anger to the event, which might considerably enhance Nato’s presence at its 830-mile lengthy border with Finland.
“Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security,” it vowed.
There is an interim interval lasting from when the purposes are submitted till ratification by lawmakers in all 30 present member nations earlier than nations are thought of fully-fledged members.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Finland and Sweden to rethink their traditions of navy nonalignment.
Public opinion within the two nations shortly began to shift towards favouring membership after the February 24 invasion.