Nato to deploy massive 300,000 force for showdown with Russia as Sweden & Finland gear up to join.

SWEDEN and Finland have been cleared to join NATO after they applied following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

It comes as the alliance has said they will deploy more than 300,000 troops in a showdown with Vladimir Putin.

It'll be the biggest NATO force to gather since the Cold War.

Russian shares a land frontier with Finland and Sweden a sea border.

Finland first officially applied to join NATO the day after Russia threatened to nuke it in seconds.

Both countries faced strong objections from Turkey, which initially said it would block their applications.

But these have now been dropped, paving the way for them to join the alliance.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said the Russian tyrant is now "getting more NATO on his borders".

The sharp increase in "high readiness" troops comes in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, who are not a member of NATO.

"Together, this constitutes the biggest overhaul of our collective deterrence and defence since the Cold War," said Stoltenberg.

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