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Finland to decide whether to join Nato ‘within weeks’

Finland will decide within “weeks” whether to apply to join Nato, its prime minister said, as Sweden also edged closer to membership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Finland’s government on Wednesday set out its assessment of the country’s changed security environment since Moscow attacked Ukraine, with the war sending shockwaves across Europe.

Polling has shown a large majority of Finns now believe the country should apply to join the military alliance.

Nato officials have signalled that Finland and neighbouring Sweden would be welcomed into the 30-member alliance if they applied.