Sweden to officially apply for NATO membership

AA / Ankara / Burak Mountain

Sweden has decided to officially present its candidacy for NATO, the country’s Prime Minister announced on Monday.

“We are going to inform NATO that we want to join the alliance,” Magdalena Andersson told a press conference in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

An official statement clarifies that “NATO membership is the best way to protect Sweden’s security in light of the fundamentally changed security environment” after the war launched by Russia against Ukraine, which began in February.

This political choice was also the subject of a special debate in the Riksdag, the country’s parliament, and the decision was supported by a large majority.

The move comes a day after Finland also announced its intention to join the military alliance, abandoning decades of military non-alignment. Membership must be approved by all 30 members of the alliance.

*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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