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Finland and Sweden Moving Ahead Towards NATO Membership

• by Brian Wang

Finland had indicated it would prefer a solution that would see the two Nordic unaligned states "jump together" into NATO.

Sweden is looking at a range of enhanced security-related options, including deepening Nordic defense cooperation and urging the European Union to develop enhanced defense policies to offer greater military protection to EU member states that border the highly sensitive Baltic Sea and High North regions.

The Finnish government has set the wheels in motion to fast-track its application to join NATO. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin expects a decision on NATO membership soon. Finland is expected to reach a decision on joining NATO before the Alliance's two-day summit meeting slated to commence in Madrid on June 29.