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Big blow to Russia, neighboring countries Finland and Sweden apply to join NATO

Punjab Tribune Bureau | May 18, 2022 01:31 PM

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 Kivy/Mariupol: Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday. Finland and Sweden said the decision to join the NATO alliance was inspired by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Even during the Cold War, countries like Sweden and Finland remained neutral. As such, his decision to join NATO is one of the most significant changes in Europe's security system in decades.

Regarding the matter, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that this is a historic moment. I warmly welcome requests from Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partner, and your membership in NATO will enhance our shared security. The NATO alliance believes that the accession of Finland and Sweden will greatly strengthen it in the Baltic Sea.

A Reuters report suggests that it could take up to a year for NATO countries to approve the request from Sweden and Finland. NATO country Turkey has surprised its allies in recent days by saying it has objections to Finland and Sweden's membership, but Stoltenberg has said these issues can be resolved.

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