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Svenska Dagbladet: Sweden may apply to NATO on May 17

Sweden can apply for NATO on Tuesday, May 17, writes RIA News with reference to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Swedish authorities are reportedly planning to apply to join the alliance on Tuesday at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

Formerly Finland and Sweden wanted apply for NATO membership at the same time. They announced their intention to join the North Atlantic Alliance after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. President of Finland Sauli Niiniste declaredthat if states join NATO, this will contribute to the emergence of a “new kind of North”, more responsible, stable and strong.

At the same time, Deputy Head Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Grushko declaredthat the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance will not remain without political reaction. The diplomat clarified that the decision on the Russian reaction in the event that Finland and Sweden join NATO would not be made on emotions, since a thorough and verified analysis of all factors would follow.

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