Indonesia hope the tension will not increase following the plan Sweden and Finland which will join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Sweden and Finland plan to join NATO following the threat from Russia which is considered to be getting bigger following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
“In principle, these are things that are the rights of each country. We observe that this process is still ongoing and there are also NATO member countries who have given notes so that the process must be passed in joining the two countries to NATO,” explained the spokesman. The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, during a virtual routine press conference on Thursday (19/5).
“But of course from the Indonesian side, our common hope is that there will be a process of easing tensions,” said Faizasyah, adding.
Indonesia hopes that the plan to add NATO members will further support world peace.
“We certainly hope that the big process is towards a stable and peaceful condition,” said Faizasyah.
Yesterday, Wednesday (17/5), Finland and Sweden officially submitted membership documents to join NATO.
“Submission [dokumen] made today is a historical step. Allies will consider the next steps in your decision to go to NATO,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was quoted as saying AFP.
Russia is furious about this plan, they feel the expansion of the alliance threatens the security of their country.
In addition, the plans of the two Nordic countries were also hampered because two NATO members, namely Turkey and Croatia, did not agree that Helsinki and Stockholm would join.
Responding to Turkey’s refusal, Stoltenberg said the security interests of all members must be taken into account.
“We are determined to resolve all issues and reach a conclusion as soon as possible,” he said.