BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg stated Wednesday that Finland, Sweden have formally utilized to affix the world’s largest navy alliance, a transfer pushed by safety issues over Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.

“I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to affix NATO. You’re our closest companions,” Stoltenberg advised reporters after a receiving their software letters from the 2 Nordic nations’ ambassadors.

The purposes should now be weighed by the 30 member nations. That course of is anticipated to take about two weeks, though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed reservations about Finland and Sweden becoming a member of.

If his objections are overcome, and accession talks go in addition to anticipated, the 2 may develop into members inside just a few months. The method normally takes eight to 12 months, however NATO needs to maneuver shortly given the menace from Russia hanging over the Nordic nations’ heads.

Canada, for instance, says that it expects to ratify their accession protocol in only a few days.

Public opinion in Finland and Sweden has shifted massively in favor of membership since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Finland and Sweden are NATO’s closest companions. They’ve functioning democracies, well-funded armed forces and contribute to the alliance’s navy operations and air policing. Any obstacles they face will merely be of a technical, or presumably political nature.