BRUSSELS, May 18 (KUNA) -- Finland and Sweden on Wednesday simultaneously handed in their official letters of application to join NATO.
The letters were conveyed by the Finnish Ambassador to NATO Klaus Korhonen and the Swedish Ambassador to NATO Axel Wernhoff to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Allianceآ’s Brussels headquarters, said a NATO statement.
Stoltenberg warmly welcomed the requests, saying "this is a good day, at a critical moment for our security."
"The applications you have made today are an historic step. Allies will now consider the next steps on your path to NATO," he added. (end)