“Many NATO states have already made clear commitments to ensure the security of Sweden and Finland,” TASS quoted him as saying.

According to him, the alliance has increased its presence in the region, including through more exercises.

Stoltenberg also said that the armed forces of NATO, Finland and Sweden are “already fully compatible”, as they have been training together for decades.

Permanent representatives of the NATO countries at the bloc's headquarters signed protocols on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance.