Poland says it will help Sweden and Finland if attacked before NATO membership

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland will help Sweden and Finland if they come under attack before they join NATO, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.

“I consider the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO as an important signal of strengthening security in Europe,” he told a conference.

“I would like to make it clear that in the event of an attack on Sweden or Finland during their (process) of accession, Poland will come to their aid.”

Finland and Sweden formally applied on Wednesday to join the NATO alliance, a move prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and setting in motion a membership process that is expected to take just a few weeks .

(Reporting by Pawel Florkiewicz and Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk; editing by John Stonestreet)