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Sweden Ends Neutrality, Joins Finland In Seeking NATO Membership

Posted by Thandiubani on Mon 16th May, 2022 - tori.ng

The historic shift, which comes after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country, is likely to upset Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 
Sweden has announced it is joining Finland to seek NATO membership.
 
Sweden's Prime Minister announced this on Monday in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
 
The historic shift, which comes after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country, is likely to upset Russian President Vladimir Putin.
 
“We will inform NATO that we want to become a member of the alliance,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said.
 
The announcement came after a debate in Riksdagen, or Parliament, earlier Monday showed that there is a huge support for joining NATO. Out of Sweden’s eight parties, only two smaller left-leaning parties opposed it.
 
On Sunday, the Swedish Social Democrats broke with the party’s long-standing position that Sweden must remain nonaligned, paving the way for a clear majority for NATO membership in the parliament.
 
The move in Sweden came after neighboring Finland announced Sunday that it too would seek to join the 30-country alliance.
 
Public opinion in both countries was firmly against joining NATO before the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, but support for NATO membership surged quickly after that.


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