Sweden joins Finland to seek Nato membership despite Russian threat

Sweden has decided to join Finland in seeking Nato membership in a historic shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The move would end more than two centuries of military nonalignment and instantly turn Sweden and Finland – which share a 830-mile border with Russia – from neutral nations to hostile and potential targets for Moscow.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Sweden would hand in its Nato application jointly with Finland.

Ms Andersson warned that the Nordic country would be in a “vulnerable position” during the application period and urged her fellow citizens to brace themselves for the Russian response.

“Russia has said that that it will take countermeasures if we join Nato,” she said.

“We cannot rule out that Sweden will be exposed to, for instance, disinformation and attempts to intimidate and divide us.”

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