By FRANK JORDANS and JARI TANNER
BERLIN (AP) — Finland’s government has declared a “new era” is underway as it inches closer to seeking NATO membership. Sweden’s governing party then backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. The developments Sunday will be sure to further anger Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already warned his Finnish counterpart on Saturday that relations would be “negatively affected.” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday the process for Finland and Sweden to join could be very quick. He also expressed his hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering.