Sweden and Finland’s historic decision to seek for Nato membership has the “whole, entire, complete endorsement” of the United States, according to Vice President Joe Biden.
It’s a sea change in European geopolitics that both nations have filed their bids to join the defense alliance.
Turkey, a NATO partner, has voiced its opposition to the Nordic countries’ plan.
Russian officials have warned that NATO expansion might have “consequences.”
Both countries will be unable to join NATO unless all 30 of its members agree to do so.
With Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish Prime Minister Sauli Ninisto in attendance, Vice President Biden referred to Sweden and Finland’s NATO applications as “a watershed moment in European security” on Thursday.
Two more members in the “high north,” according to Mr. Biden, “would boost the security of our friends and expand our security collaboration across the board.” Mr. Biden said.
Nato expansion poses no danger to any country, he said. “Nato’s main goal is to protect the world from outside threats. On this momentous occasion, let there be no blunders.”
Joe Biden president said that the necessary papers would be given to the US Congress “for fast approval” whenever NATO accepts their membership.
In order to join NATO, the United States Congress must enact legislation with a two-thirds large majority.
Following Russia’s attempted invasion of Ukraine, both nations have decided to end their decades-long neutrality and join Nato as a means of ensuring their own security. When it comes to Finland, it has a border with Russia of 810 miles (1,300 kilometers).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the other hand, has voiced his opposition to Sweden and Finland joining Nato.
His government considers the Kurdistan Workers Party to be a terrorist organization, and both nations have been accused by him of harboring PKK members.
President Niinisto said, “We are willing to addressing whatever the issues Turkey may have.”. Condemnation and active engagement in the fight against terrorism are two of our core values.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the delegations of Sweden and Finland not to go to Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in an attempt to persuade it to support their ambition to join NATO.
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg and British defense minister Ben Wallace both voiced optimism that Turkey’s concerns will be resolved in the near future, despite the current political climate.
To help Ukraine with its military and humanitarian needs, the United States Senate on Thursday passed a package totaling $40bn (£32bn).
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul stopped passage of the measure, which had wide bipartisan support in the House but had been anticipated to be signed into law earlier this week.
He said the money “will enable us to deploy additional weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, refill our own stockpile, and assist US soldiers stationed on Nato territory,” according to a statement.
After the voting, Ukraine’s president’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said on Facebook, “We are moving confidently and strategically toward victory.”
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