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How Sweden and Finland could alter NATO's security

By Ruby Mellen

12 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

informed Summary

  1. The addition of Sweden and Finland to NATO could transform Europe's security landscape and further strain relations with Russia, which opposes the alliance's eastern expansion. Both countries offer expanded land, sea, and air capabilities, as well as key geographic advantages.

Sweden's path to joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization appeared clearer this week when Turkey, after months of stalling, agreed to let the Scandinavian country enter the alliance.

Over more than 70 years, NATO has grown to an alliance of more than 30 countries. Founded in 1949 to counterbalance the growing power of the Soviet Union, NATO - long a source of tension between the West and Russia - has reasserted itself as a significant and unified force against Moscow since Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

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