As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance, Finland announced on Thursday that it intends to apply for membership in NATO without delay, with Sweden likely to follow suit.

Five diplomats and officials told Reuters that NATO allies expect Finland and Sweden to be given membership swiftly, paving the path for expanded troop deployment in the Nordic region during the one-year ratification process.

In a joint statement issued in Helsinki, President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said, “Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay.” “We hope that the remaining national procedures required to make this decision will be taken quickly in the coming days.”

Finland and Sweden share a 1,300-kilometer border.


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