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    Sweden Officially Joins NATO, Ending Decades of Post-World War II Neutrality

    Sweden Officially Joins NATO, Ending Decades of Post-World War II Neutrality

    — Sweden on Thursday formally joined as the 32nd member of the transatlantic alliance, ending decades of post-World War II neutrality as concerns about Russian aggression in Europe have spiked following Russia's 2022 invasion of .

    Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Secretary of State Antony Blinken presided at a ceremony in which Sweden's “instrument of accession” to the alliance was officially deposited at the State Department.

    “This is a historic moment for Sweden. It's historic for the alliance. It's history for the transatlantic relationship,” Blinken said. “Our NATO alliance is now stronger, larger than it's ever been.”

    Kristersson wrote in a social media post that “we are therefore a safer country.”

    Later Thursday. Kristersson will visit the White House and then be a guest of honor at President Joe Biden's State of the Union address to Congress.

    The White House said that having Sweden as a NATO ally “will make the United States and our allies even safer.”

    “NATO is the most powerful defensive alliance in the history of the world, and it is as critical today to ensuring the security of our citizens as it was 75 years ago when our alliance was founded out of the wreckage of World War II,” it said in a statement.

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described it as “a historic day.”

    “Sweden will now take its rightful place at NATO's table,…

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