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Sweden signs NATO request, Finns to formally endorse move

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden yesterday signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighbouring Finland, lawmakers are expected to formally endorse Finnish leaders’ decision also to join.

The moves by the two Nordic countries, ending Sweden’s more than 200 years of military non-alignment and Finland’s non-alignment after World War II, have provoked the ire of the Kremlin.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin