Sweden is NATO’s thirty second member. Here’s a map of NATO international locations. | EUROtoday

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Sweden joined NATO formally Thursday in a historic growth of the army alliance.

The historic growth of the army alliance — Finland additionally joined final 12 months — was set in movement by Russia’s battle in Ukraine. Sweden and Finland each put apart years of army nonalignment to hunt safety inside NATO after Russia’s invasion in 2022. Their membership is predicted to strengthen NATO’s capabilities within the excessive north and the Baltic Sea.

NATO member international locations and allies, together with the United States, have offered Ukraine with greater than $175 billion value of army, monetary and humanitarian help since Russia’s invasion.