Sweden has signed a formal request stating the country will join the NATO agreement on Tuesday.
This development came a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. Finland’s Parliament has overwhelmingly supported governments decision to join NATO.
The moves by the two Nordic countries, ending Sweden’s more than 200 years of military independence and Finland’s nonalignment after World II.
While signing a formal request to join NATO Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said. That the decision has been taken taking into account the safety. And security of the people of Sweden. This is in the best interest of Sweden.
Finland is now expected to sign a formal application and file it to NATO headquarters in the coming days together with Nordic neighbor Sweden where the government announced a similar NATO bid on Monday.
It is evident if Finland joins NATO it will be the biggest defense and security policy shift in the history of the nation since World War II, after which Finland adopted a policy of military nonalignment.
Finland shares a long border with Russia. Fought two wars against Russia during World War II and lost about 10% of its territory.
NATO is seeking Turkey’s inclusion too. These all moves are because of the dramatic geological situation in the vicinity pointing to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.