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Italian Air Force General Assesses That Having Sweden and Finland in NATO Is a Destabilizing Proposition

May 13, 2022 (EIRNS)—Gen. Leonardo Tricarico, former Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force and head of the ICSA strategic think-tank, told national TV La7 that membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO is a destabilizing proposition. On May 8, before Finland’s official announcement that it would request NATO membership, Tricarico chastised NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said that the move would stabilize the North Sea theater. In light of Stoltenberg’s most recent statements, Tricarico’s statements are all the more valid:

“The NATO secretary general has led to a misunderstanding on this, because he still speaks about Sweden and Finland, making an evaluation that is absolutely contrary to common sense. When he says that membership of Sweden and Finland contributes to security in the North Atlantic as per Article 10, I ask you: Does the membership of Sweden and Finland contribute to the security of the North Atlantic region or does it do exactly the opposite, that is, help destabilize an already explosive situation? Therefore, I believe that we should go back to respecting rules, because if you break them every day, in an international context already without rules, already compromised, I let you imagine what the consequences would be.”

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