Sweden has announced it wants to become a member of NATO, APA reports citing Euronews.
It has joined Finland in signalling its intention to sign up to the transatlantic military alliance.
Magdalena Andersson, Sweden's prime minister, said the move marked a new "era" for the Scandinavian country.
"The government has decided to inform NATO of Sweden's willingness to become a member of the alliance," she told a news conference.
"We are leaving an era to enter a new one," according to the Swedish leader.