Sweden and Finland apply for NATO entry, applications backed by US | USA TODAY

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Finland and Sweden look to join NATO, a move the U.S. backs, as Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it will make NATO "even stronger than it was."

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After over 200 years as a nonaligned nation, Sweden will join neighboring Finland in applying for membership in NATO, a potentially historic shift motivated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena 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.” https://bit.ly/3sHaOaC

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