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NATO formally invites Sweden and Finland to join alliance

Madrid summit communique also cites Russia as 'threat' and China as challenge

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu shakes hands with Swedish counterpart Ann Linde after signing a document during a NATO summit in Madrid on June 28.   © Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) -- NATO has invited Sweden and Finland to become members of the military alliance, a communique published by the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday said.

"The accession of Finland and Sweden will make them [the allies] safer, NATO stronger and the Euro-Atlantic area more secure," the communique said, adding that the alliance also agreed on a new strategic concept.

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