Biden signs ratification of US support for Finland, Sweden NATO bids
Washington [US], August 10 : US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the US ratification of bids by Finland and Sweden to enter the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), taking one step closer in response to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.
Taking to Twitter, President Biden said, “Finland and Sweden will make NATO stronger. Today, I signed the U.S. Instruments of Ratification, making the United States the 23rd Ally to approve their membership in NATO.”
Earlier this month, Senators voted 95-1 in favour of the Finland and Sweden accession, making the US, the 23rd of the 30 Nato countries give a formal endorsement.
“Just a few months ago, I welcomed the President of Finland and Prime Minister of Sweden to the White House to demonstrate the strong support the US had for both the country’s decision to apply for membership in the NATO,” Joe Biden said while addressing presser.
Biden praised Finland and Sweden, saying that both have strong democratic institutions, strong militaries and strong and transparent economies” that would help to bolster NATO.