An independent Scotland would have to apply to join Nato as a new state, the head of the defence alliance has said.
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said any decision to accept a new country would require the unanimous agreement of all 28 member states.
"In [the] case that Scotland voted in favour of independence then Scotland would have to apply for membership of Nato as a new independent state," he told The Times (£).
"Some aspiring countries have waited for many years. Others enjoy a very short procedure depending on how close they are to fulfilling the necessary criteria," Mr Rasmussen added.