NATO membership decision draws closer as Finnish and Swedish leaders meet

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  • Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin met with Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson in Stockholm Wednesday to discuss defense and security policy, including the ongoing debate as to whether both countries should join NATO or not.
  • The meeting came as the Finnish government published a security analysis that will form the basis for a Finnish parliamentary decision on the NATO issue, and during the press conference Sanna Marin said it would be good if both countries made a similar choice, and with a similar timetable.
  • Both leaders emphasized that the countries’ internal discussions and decisions regarding NATO membership are being made independently, but in close dialogue with each other.

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