NATO chief to meet with Finnish and Swedish ambassadors

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The secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, will meet with the ambassadors of Finland and Sweden on Wednesday (18), according to a statement from the military bloc.

The meeting comes after the two countries declared their intentions to apply for NATO membership earlier this week.

Finland and Sweden will submit their application to NATO on Wednesday, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Stockholm.

The leaders are due to meet with US President Joe Biden on Thursday (19).

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Also on Tuesday, Finland’s parliament approved a proposal to apply for membership in the military alliance. The vote resulted in 188 votes in favor and 8 against, said Parliament Speaker Matti Vanhanen.

The historically militarily neutral country changed its stance after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Finland and Russia share a border that is more than 1,300 kilometers long.

Sweden also signed a document on Tuesday formalizing its request to join the bloc.

Source: CNN Brasil

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