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As Sweden and Finland seek to join NATO, just 4 EU states could be left out of the alliance

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Spurred by Russia's aggression on Ukraine, Sweden and Finland have both formally requested to join NATO and if accepted would leave to just four the number of European Union member states not in the trans-Atlantic military alliance.These are Austria, Cyprus, Ireland, and Malta.All four are either militarily neutral, which means they cannot join a military alliance or take sides in military conflicts, or non-aligned, meaning they do not officially favour one major power bloc.In the case of Cyprus and Ireland, neutrality was historically based on the fact that the two islands are split into two separate territories.

In the case of the island of Ireland, it is divided between the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland with an open border between the two polities that resulted from the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement that ended decades of sectarian violence.

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