US President Joe Biden showed his full support for Sweeden and Finland’s NATO membership amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Guardian reported on Thursday.
Biden said in his meeting with the leaders of Sweden and Finland that the two European countries’ membership in the alliance would help in making NATO stronger.
“It’s a very, very great day. I’m proud to welcome and offer the strong support of the United States for the applications of two great democracies, and two close, highly capable partners, to join the strongest, most powerful defensive alliance in the history of the world,” the US President said.
He continued that the three leaders had a good discussion, revealing: “We have consulted closely at every stage as Sweden and Finland made their determination and today I’m proud to assure them that they have the full, total complete backing of the United States of America.”
It is worthy to mention that the US State Department confirmed that there is unanimity from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “NATO” on the accession of both Sweden and Finland.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, according to the American “Al-Hurra” channel, today, Wednesday, that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is convinced that there is a consensus on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO after talks he held in Berlin, the capital city of Germany, with a number of ministers.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that Finland and Sweden will submit their application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday.
This came during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, according to the American network (CNN) on Tuesday.
The Finnish parliament had voted by 188 votes to 8 in favour of joining the “NATO”.