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Media: Sweden and Finland intend to join NATO this summer


NATO headquarters building in Brussels. File photoMOSCOW, Apr 11Sweden and Finland intend to join NATO this summer, according to the British newspaper Times, citing sources. According to unnamed US officials, the membership of both countries in the alliance has become “a topic of conversation and numerous meetings” at the talks between NATO foreign ministers.

"Finland is expected to apply in June, followed by Sweden", the newspaper writes.

European diplomats interviewed by the newspaper said , both countries will expand NATO's capabilities, especially in the field of intelligence gathering and as part of the strengthening of the air force. According to one of the diplomats, Sweden and Finland will be “real players” in the bloc. Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he did not consider the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO an existential threat to Russia. Finland and Sweden started talking about the possibility of abandoning long-term neutrality and joining NATO against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that the alliance would be glad to see Finland and Sweden in its ranks and provide them with the opportunity to quickly join. NATO expects Sweden and Finland to make their own decisions about possible membership in the coming “months and weeks,” US Permanent Representative to NATO Julianne Smith said earlier. She added that the States would welcome those countries' decision to join.Europe is eliminating diplomacy. As superfluous

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