I sitt tal I Tirana berörde Alexander Vershbow Natos relation till Sverige och Finland:
I also believe that Euro-Atlantic integration is the key to stability here in the Balkans. Now, that doesn’t mean that every nation should necessarily seek NATO membership. We respect the choices of non-member countries like Serbia, as well as Austria, Sweden and Finland, to pursue partnership rather than membership.
När det gäller Baltikum framhöll han:
We will build on our strong political and practical support for Ukraine and strengthen our capacity-building efforts in Moldova and Georgia. We will continue to work closely with Finland and Sweden, who have been long-time contributors to NATO operations in Afghanistan and the Balkans, and who have a significant contribution to make to security in the Baltic region.