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Sweden to take Finland NATO stance into account, foreign minister says

FILE PHOTO: Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations, in
FILE PHOTO: Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations, in Geneva

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden will take into account Finland’s NATO assessments when deciding on whether it will send an application, the Swedish foreign minister said on Thursday.

“Finland is Sweden’s closest security & defence partner, and we need to take Finland’s assessments into account,” Foreign Minister Ann Linde said on Twitter.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Thursday that Finland must apply to join the NATO military alliance “without delay”, a major policy shift triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The decision is significant for Sweden as it is likely to move in tandem with Finland, with whom Sweden have close historic and military ties. Sweden is expected to announce it will apply for membership within days.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Niklas Pollard)

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