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Are Sweden and Finland moving to apply for NATO membership?

By Carl Bildt

16 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

Are Finland and Sweden moving toward applying for membership in NATO after Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression against Ukraine?

There is no clear answer yet. NATO membership would be a fundamental change for both countries and must be carefully considered. "Not hesitating, but with care," as Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has said. Public opinion in both countries has swung heavily in favor of applying for membership of NATO, and the situation in the respective parliaments seems to be moving in the same direction.

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