Ben Wallace says it is ‘inconceivable’ UK would not support Finland or Sweden if either were attacked

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Ben Wallace speaking at a prss conference in Finland on Wednesday  (Sky News)
Ben Wallace speaking at a prss conference in Finland on Wednesday (Sky News)

It is “inconceivable” that the UK would not support Finland or Sweden if either were attacked, regardless of whether they were members of Nato or not, Ben Wallace said on Wednesday.

Britain’s defence minister made the comment as he spoke at a press conference in Niinisalo, Finland.

Responding to questions from the media, he said: “It’s inconceivable that Britain would not come to the support of Finland or Sweden if it was ever attacked.

“[That’s] Without any big formal agreement. We are European countries who share the same values, who have deep, long histories, a significant number of the British population seem to be descended from Vikings anyhow.

“We have that cultural link. I cannot conceive of a time where we would not come to support Finland and Sweden, no matter where they were with the Nato debate and where they are with agreements.

“Whatever happens on Finland’s Nato ambitions, that it is entirely for the freedom of Finland to choose, and we’re here to support their freedom to choose and not allow some other nation to tell them what to do with that choice.”

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