NATO to welcome Nordic members
NATO headquarters Brussels, Belgium, October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
Finland said on Thursday it intended to apply to join NATO without delay, with Sweden likely to follow suit, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance.
NATO allies expect Finland and Sweden to be granted membership quickly, five diplomats and officials told Reuters.
In the wider Nordic region, Norway, Denmark and the three Baltic states are already NATO members, and the addition of Finland and Sweden would likely anger Moscow, which says NATO enlargement is a direct threat to its own security.
Moscow has repeatedly warned Finland and Sweden - both European Union member states - against joining NATO, threatening "serious military and political consequences".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has cited the issue as a reason for his actions in Ukraine.
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