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Finland’s prime minister Sanna Marin and president Sauli Niinistö: ‘As a member of Nato, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance.’

Sweden moves one step closer to Nato membership on Friday with a new security policy analysis that could end a two-century tradition of neutrality and military non-alignment.

That prospect has divided Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats ahead of a crunch party board meeting on Sunday – and sparked growing protest from some regional MPs at being “forced” to give rapid backing for Nato membership.

Adding further momentum to the Swedish debate on Thursday was a joint call by Finland’s president and prime minister for their country’s political parties to expedite their decision on alliance membership.

“As a member of Nato, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” said president Sauli Niinistö and prime minister Sanna Marin in a statement.

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