- 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.”
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Arctic Security: Will Canada’s federal budget deliver for NORAD?, Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
Norway: More than 2,300 Swedish and Finnish troops advance into Northern Norway to join NATO drills Cold Response, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Russia warns of nuclear, hypersonic deployment if Sweden and Finland join NATO, Thompson Reuters
Sweden: NATO membership decision draws closer as Finnish and Swedish leaders meet, Radio Sweden
United States: Arctic nations say they’re ramping up military spending as they meet with U.S. Senators, Alaska Public Media