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Probable Steps In Any Finnish, Swedish NATO Bid

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed Finland and Sweden to the point of applying for NATO membership in the coming days. Both countries are close partners of the 30-nation alliance.

NATO Emblem Aserth, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

By joining NATO, Finland and Sweden would be abandoning a belief held for decades that peace was best kept by not publicly choosing sides, according to Reuters.

Both countries have taken part in NATO exercises for years. Any accession process is expected to be much shorter than previous applications to join the alliance since the 1950s, Reuters said.

NATO was founded in 1949.

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