Finland will make its membership application official next week. Sweden is also considering joining the Atlantic Alliance and Denmark is considering repealing its exclusion from EU security policy in a referendum.

Geopolitical alliances in Europe are recomposed after the Russian aggression on Ukraine. The president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, and the prime minister, Sanna Marin, defended their accession to NATO on Wednesday, a decision that they must now ratify.