Finland has confirmed that it will apply for Nato membership, despite warnings from Russia's President Vladimir Putin that abandoning neutrality would be a "mistake".
President Sauli Niinisto called it a "historic day". He says the shift in policy is in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Nato foreign ministers say they want a rapid accession process for Finland.
Sweden could also announce its intention to join as soon as Monday.
Finland shares a 1,300-km (810-mile) border with Russia. Until now, it has stayed out of Nato to avoid antagonising its eastern neighbour.
|Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of Peacefmonline.com. Peacefmonline.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.|