NATO to Admit Sweden, Finland Into Alliance in Wake of Russia’s Ukraine War

NATO leaders formally invited Finland and Sweden to become members of the military alliance Wednesday during a summit in Madrid.

“Today we have decided to invite Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO, and agreed to sign Accession Protocols,” the alliance reportedly said in a declaration. “In any accession to the Alliance, it is of vital importance that the legitimate security concerns of Allies are properly addressed.”

The news comes less than 24-hours after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had reversed his opposition to expanding the alliance in the wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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