Sweden and Finland have confirmed they will apply for Nato membership in a historic shift that comes as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In Sweden, the governing Social Democrats said they backed joining the security alliance, paving the way for the country to apply.
The announcement came soon after Finland too formally announced it would apply to join the grouping.
Russia sees Nato as a security threat and has warned of “consequences”.
Sweden stayed neutral in World War II and for more than two centuries has avoided joining military alliances.
a statement, Sweden’s Social Democrats said they would “work toward” membership, something supported by the public and most opposition parties. A formal application is likely within days.
But the Social Democrats added that they were opposed to stationing nuclear weapons or hosting Nato bases.
At a subsequent press conference, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said her party believed joining the alliance was “best for Sweden’s and the Swedish people’s security”.