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Germany's Baerbock says Finland, Sweden already at heart NATO members

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock attends a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin, Germany May 15, 2022. Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS

Germany's foreign minister said on Sunday that Finland and Sweden were already in essence members of NATO, but that they were just missing the official membership card.

"Sweden and Finland are not just our partners, not just our friends, they have long been our European family members. Therefore, you have our full support in all decisions you are now making with view to your own security," Annalena Baerbock told reporters at the end of a NATO foreign ministers meeting.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold and John Irish, Humeyra Pamuk, Riham Alkoussa)