British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he had agreed on new deals with Sweden and Finland to tighten European security and pledged to support both the countries' armed forces if they come under attack. Both Finland and Sweden are expected to join NATO, but both countries are worried that they would be vulnerable, even if their applications are processed, and this could take up to a year.
Mr Anderson told the media that "Cooperation becomes even more important in times of crisis."
After meeting the Swedish counterpart Magdalena Anderson, the British Prime Minister said, "What we are saying, emphatically, is that in the event of a disaster or an attack upon Sweden, the U.K. would come to the assistance of Sweden; with whatever Sweden requested."
The British Statement said that the new arrangements would intensify intelligence sharing and accelerate joint military training, exercise and deployments.