Russia-Ukraine war: Finland and Sweden to join NATO
In a move that would likely anger Moscow, Finland and Sweden could soon join NATO. According to NATO officials, this would further emphasize Russia’s strategic error in invading Ukraine.
NATO officials said conversations about Sweden and Finland joining the bloc have gotten particularly serious since Russia’s attack.
According to US senior State Department officials, the topic came up at this week’s NATO foreign ministerial, which was attended by the foreign ministers from Stockholm and Helsinki.
Furthermore, officials said the discussions accentuate the extent to which Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion has only served to stimulate and unify the NATO alliance — the exact opposite of Putin’s stated goals before the war started.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had requested that NATO cease expanding east and admitting new members, accusing the bloc of threatening Russian security.
However, NATO has boosted its support to Ukraine and is preparing to welcome new members.