Posted BY: Billy M | NwoReport
Finland and Sweden have today submitted formal letters of application to NATO, firing the starting pistol on their race to become part of the military alliance.
Axel Wernhoff and Klaus Korhonen, the Swedish and Finnish ambassadors to NATO, were pictured walking into the Brussels headquarters on Tuesday morning clutching their letters of application to present to alliance head Jens Stoltenberg.
‘I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,’ a smiling Stoltenberg said as he held the application.
‘All allies agree on the importance of NATO enlargement. We all agree that we must stand together, and we all agree that this is an historic moment which we must seize. This is a good day.’
The proposals must now be judged and approved by all 30 members of the alliance before the Scandinavian nations can be accepted. The process typically takes up to a year, but will be fast-tracked and could take as little as two months.
If approved as expected, the two will become part of the world’s largest military alliance – gaining protection from its mutual defence pledge while adding almost a million troops to its ranks along with state of the art artillery, planes and submarines.