President Joe Biden on Wednesday strongly supported Finland and Sweden’s bid to join NATO in the face of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and offered US support in case of “aggression” during the application process.
“The United States will work with Finland and Sweden to be vigilant against any threat to our shared security and to prevent and counter the threat of aggression or aggression,” Biden said in a statement while considering their bid.
Biden, who will welcome Finnish President Sauli Ninisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson to the White House on Thursday, said he was “looking forward to working with the US Congress and our NATO allies to bring Finland and Sweden into the fastest defense alliance in history.”
“I sincerely welcome and strongly support the historical applications,” Biden said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the two countries formally handed over their applications.
Although the tariffs were warmly welcomed by most allies, Turkey, which has the right to veto the candidacy of a country like all NATO members, has raised objections and failed to reach an agreement at a meeting of ambassadors in Brussels to begin formal membership talks.
Historically neutral, Sweden and Finland have rotated 180-degrees since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an event that greatly influenced public opinion who were previously reluctant to join the alliance.
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