President Joe Biden on Thursday gave his “strong support” to the NATO membership applications of Finland and Sweden. He insisted that the alliance’s continued expansion “is not a threat to any nation,” a point that Russia disputes.
Speaking alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the White House, Biden announced that he would submit a report to Congress urging lawmakers to give the green light to including the two Nordic nations in the NATO alliance. Sweden and Finland formally requested admission to the US-led military bloc on Wednesday.
“Sweden and Finland are already among our closest partners on a range of issues,” Biden declared. “Today I am proud to assure them they have the full, total complete backing of the United States of America”
Praising both countries’ democratic governments and modern militaries, Biden said that their inclusion would “make NATO stronger.”