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Biden Gives the US’ Backing to Finland and Sweden NATO Enlistment

President Joe Biden accompanied by Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Photo: NPR. President Joe Biden announced that Finland and Sweden have full. Total and complete support from the United States for their appeal to join NATO. The Western bulwark was founded during the Cold War as a security foundation. 

Biden, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson held a meeting at the White House Rose Garden. Biden said he is dispatching paperwork to Congress on Thursday to aid the ratification of their applications.

“Finland and Sweden make NATO stronger,” said Biden. “And a strong, united NATO is the foundation of America’s security.” 

The move to approve both nations’ appeal for NATO enlistment will create a rare instance of bipartisanship. As Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell give their backing.

“I think the United States ought to be first in line to ratify. The treaty for both these countries to join”. Stated McConnell following speaking with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Saturday. 

The two countries applied for membership in NATO after Russia attacked Ukraine. Still, it is unlikely that they will be accepted due to Turkey’s stance on Kurdish groups. Saying it will dismiss any bid from the two countries because they backed. These organizations that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers a terrorist group. 

“We are following developments concerning Sweden and Finland, but we are not of a favorable opinion,” stated Erdogan last week. 

Biden Seemed to Agree

Biden seemed to agree to those worries when he queried the Senate to ratify the two nations. Application “once the perspectives of all allies are addressed, and NATO adopts the accession protocols.” 

Finish leader Niinisto addressed Turkey’s worries about his nation’s appeal to NATO. Stating that Helsinki was “open to discussing all the concerns Turkey. It may have concerning our membership in an open and constructive manner.” 

He also revealed that some talks had already started and would continue going.

Swedish Prime Minister Andersson described Russia’s attack on Ukraine as a “watershed moment for Sweden,” a country. That has kept a policy of military impartiality for hundreds of years, even amid the two world wars. 

Andersson stated that she highly regards the bipartisan backing in Washington for her nation’s NATO bid. Like Niinisto stated, her nation discussed with all NATO members, counting Turkey. “On different levels to sort out any issues at hand.”

Biden also tackled concerns that Finnish and Swedish enlistment in NATO might fan the already burning flames in neighboring Russia. Putin is against the expansion of NATO, viewing it as targeted to Russia and its borders. 

New member joining NATO

“New members joining NATO is not a threat to any nation,” Biden stated. “In the face of aggression, NATO has not grown weaker or more divided. It has grown stronger, more united.” 

Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s employee and now the Center for a New American Security senior. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, commented in an interview with NPR that the risks Finland. Sweden may experience from Russia are not as extreme.

“I think that Russia is too bogged down with its war in Ukraine. And I think that’s exactly that calculus that Finland and Sweden have. That they see that Russia is distracted, and it gives them this window to make a move,” said Kendall-Taylor.

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