Finland looks set to apply for NATO membership after the prime minister and president said it must happen "without delay".
It is a dramatic reversal by a country that has long relied on its own military strength to remain neutral but prepared.
But Finland shares a 1,300-kilometre-long border with Russia and, since the war in Ukraine began, Finnish support for joining NATO has gone from about 25 percent to approximately 76 percent.
Russia is already calling Finland's NATO aspirations a "threat".
Al Jazeera's @Step Vaessen reports from Helsinki.
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