People in Sweden are assured of NATO support if their potential application to join the military alliance is processed.
Countries that have remained outside the bloc have considered joining in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said earlier the ‘goal is for Sweden to join NATO in June this year’.
But the commitment was met with threats from Moscow.
The Kremlin said if Sweden and Finland join NATO, it will be a ‘strategic mistake’.
Today, it was discovered that NATO will increase its presence around the borders of Sweden and in the Baltic Sea, while a potential application to join the alliance is processed.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the promise to the Swedish public broadcaster SVT.
Both Finland and Sweden seek guarantees for military protection during an application process, which can take up to a year to be approved by all NATO members.
Mr Stoltenberg told SVT: ‘I am convinced that we will find solutions to the security needs that Sweden will have in a transitional period.
“From the possible moment Sweden is requesting, and NATO says it wants Sweden to join, there is a very strong obligation on NATO to ensure Sweden’s security.”
Moscow has warned Sweden and Finland of ‘serious consequences’ and that it could deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in the European exclave of Kaliningrad if Sweden and Finland become NATO members.
On Wednesday, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said that the FS Sweden had provided ‘security assurances’ for the application period, but “no concrete security guarantees.”
Sweden and Finland are expected to make a decision this month on whether to apply to join NATO.
And earlier today, the United Kingdom promised to help her come if the countries ever fall victim to a Russian attack.
Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said: ‘I think if Finland did not join NATO, Britain would not come to help? No, Britain will always be here in the North, to be part of you, to help you, to support you.
“It is inconceivable that Britain would not come to the aid of Finland, or Sweden, if it were ever attacked, without a major formal agreement.”
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NATO will increase its presence around Sweden's borders if it so requests
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