Approval usually takes eight to 12 months, but NATO wants to move quickly given the threat from Russia hanging over the Nordic countries’ heads.
Officials say Sweden has decided to apply for NATO membership to end more than 200 years of military nonalignment because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Nearly three months have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Sweden, also nonaligned, moved a step closer to applying for NATO membership after the governing Social Democratic party met Sunday and backed joining the trans-Atlantic alliance.
The Kremlin warned it may take retaliatory “military-technical” steps after Finland’s leaders said they favor joining NATO.
The nation's president and prime minister announced that Finland should apply right away for to join the military defense pact founded in part to counter the Soviet Union.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also prompted a rethink of staunch military neutrality by Sweden.
The announcement paves the way for the alliance to expand amid Russia's war in Ukraine.
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