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NATO Expansion Moves Ahead With Finland, Sweden Agreement

  • Turkey lets talk go forward after security discussions
  • Move sends ‘very clear message’ to Putin, Stoltenberg says
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NATO moved one step closer to bolstering its eastern front with Russia after Turkey dropped its opposition to Swedish and Finnish bids to join the military alliance. 

The deal reached on Tuesday night as leaders gathered in Madrid to discuss NATO’s future path all but ensures a major expansion on Russia’s doorstep. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday that the alliance would invite the two Nordic countries to join while leaders are still in the Spanish capital.