Ukraine invasion triggers NATO expansion as Finland, Sweden seek membership

If, as seems likely, NATO accepts their request, this will be the Atlantic Alliance's biggest and most far-reaching expansion in two decades

NATO
Premium

Finland and Sweden’s admission into NATO, however, is required to be approved by the North Atlantic Council.

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
Signalling the growing resolve across Europe to deal firmly with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two major Scandinavian countries, Finland and Sweden, approached the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Wednesday with formal requests to join the 30-member alliance.

If, as seems likely, NATO accepts their request, this will be the Atlantic Alliance’s biggest and most far-reaching expansion in two decades, adding over 800 miles to Russia’s northern border and greatly complicating its security calculus.

This is also an indicator of how much opinion in Europe has shifted against Russia since it invaded Ukraine. Finland’s parliament endorsed the proposal to join NATO by

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: May 18 2022 | 10:52 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on business-standard.com are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to read more on Business-Standard.com