March to join NATO ‘moving faster in Finland than it does in Sweden’, says expert

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, right, met with Sweden’s PM Magdalena Andersson on Wednesday to talk regional security(Photo by Paul Wennerholm / TT News Agency / AFP via Getty Images)
  • Finland appears to be closer to applying to join the NATO military alliance than its western neighbor Sweden, says Jan Hallenberg of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
  • On Wednesday, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said at a joint press conference in Stockholm that her country would decide whether to apply to join NATO in the coming weeks.
  • “The NATO train is moving,” Hallenberg tells Radio Sweden. “I think that the train is moving in same direction for both countries, which means an application to NATO membership perhaps in June.”
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Russia: Russia warns of nuclear, hypersonic deployment if Sweden and Finland join NATO, Thompson Reuters

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Frank Radosevich, Radio Sweden

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