11 May 2022

UK agrees to protect Finland and Sweden if attacked

Boris Johnson has promised the UK will not hesitate to protect Sweden if it was attacked by Russia, describing Vladimir Putin as a “21st Century tyrant”.

Mr Johnson went on to sign a similar agreement with Finland – as both nations consider whether to join Nato.

The prime minister insisted the alliance was “more important than ever”.

But just how vital is Nato – and how might President Putin react to its expansion?