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NATO Expansion Possible As Finland Looks Set To End Neutral Status

File image: NATO flag via @BelgiumNATO/Twitter

Sweden is expected to announce it's intention to join later

NATO's expansion could be on the cards, after Finland announced it intends to join - ending its previous neutral military status.

It says it's to "maximise" security, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine - though Moscow's called it a "mistake".

It shares 800 miles worth of border with Russia.

NATO's head suggested it would find ways to speed up the application process.

Professor Alpo Russi is a former advisor to the Finnish president and says the move is not provocative:

Sweden could also follow suit, after its ruling party backed joining too.

Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, has made her country's intentions clear already:

Russia says plans by Finland and Sweden to join NATO are a mistake.

 

 

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