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Sweden is officially a member of NATO

Sweden Officially Joins NATO Following Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

In a significant shift in defense policy, Sweden officially became the 32nd member of NATO on Thursday after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted the country to abandon its long-held position of neutrality. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson handed over membership documents to the U.S. State Department in Washington, marking the final step in the process of gaining approval from all members.

“As we receive this instrument of accession, let me be the first to welcome Sweden as a party to the Washington Treaty and the 32nd member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken alongside Kristersson.

Kristersson expressed gratitude to his allies for welcoming Sweden to the bloc, affirming their commitment to unity, solidarity, and adhering to the values of the Washington Treaty.

The decision for Sweden to join NATO, closely followed Finland’s accession in April 2023, comes in response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Sweden’s attempts to join the alliance faced delays from Turkey and Hungary, who have historically had friendlier relations with Moscow.

After overcoming obstacles, including tensions with Turkey over Koran-burning protests, Sweden’s accession was finally approved. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Sweden’s membership, emphasizing that it strengthens the alliance and enhances security for Sweden and the entire alliance.

The official flag-raising ceremony for Sweden’s accession to NATO will take place at NATO headquarters, symbolizing a new chapter in Sweden’s defense strategy in response to the changing security landscape in Europe.

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