Russia’s invasion of Ukraine jolted public opinion in Finland and set it on a historic course towards Nato membership, bucking decades of neutrality, the nation’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto said at the Nato summit in Madrid Wednesday.

Turkey’s last-minute decision to lift its veto on Sweden and Finland’s Nato accession following a trilateral meeting on Tuesday paved the way for Nato to officially invite the Nordic nations into the alliance at the Madrid summit the following day.