The president of the United States, Joe Biden, promised this Wednesday to work to achieve a “rapid” entry into NATO of Finland and Sweden, after those countries submitted their applications to join the Alliance.
“I warmly welcome and strongly support the historic NATO applications of Finland and Sweden”Biden said in a statement.
“I will work with the US Congress and our allies in NATO to quickly integrate Finland and Sweden into the strongest defensive alliance in history.”he added.
Biden spoke in this way hours after the ambassadors of Sweden and Finland to NATO delivered their applications to join the Alliance at the headquarters of the transatlantic organization, in Brussels.
The American president will receive this Thursday in Washington the Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, and the Finnish President, Sauli Niinistöto address your applications for admission and the process to process them.
Biden He believed that the entry into NATO of these two Nordic countries “will strengthen the defense cooperation” of the allies and “will benefit the transatlantic alliance as a whole“, especially in the Baltic Sea region.
“As their applications for NATO membership are considered, the United States will work with Finland and Sweden to remain vigilant against any threats to our shared security, and to deter or confront aggression or threats of aggression,” Biden stressed.
The US Congress must ratify any plans for NATO expansion, and Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his intention on Monday that that process, which requires a two-thirds majority in the upper house, proceed. quickly.
“We hope to get it done before the August recess, when Congress usually adjourns,” McConnell told reporters during a visit to Helsinki.
The requests from Sweden and Finland have aroused a strong opposition from Turkeya NATO member that accuses those countries of supporting Kurdish terrorists.