Finland and Sweden have formally applied for NATO membership, said Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the Military Alliance.
“I warmly welcome the request of Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners and your accession to NATO will increase our common security. The statements you made today are a historic step. The Allies are now considering the next steps towards NATO. It should be taken into account and we are ready to work on all issues and reach quick conclusions,” Stoltenberg said.