The US President signed legislation on Tuesday approving the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO. – These two countries decided to join the alliance. “This is a historic moment,” said Joe Biden.
The US Senate last week backed NATO’s expansion to the two Scandinavian countries by an overwhelming majority — 95 to 1. It was a rare case of cross-party unity. Both Democratic and Republican senators agree that Finland and Sweden are important allies in countering the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
BITON: This is a historic moment
At a time when Putin’s Russia has undermined the peace and security of Europe and autocrats are challenging the foundations of the rules-based international order, the strength of America’s alliance and commitment to NATO is more important than ever, Joe Biden said before signing the bills. .
The president reiterated that the United States would defend “every inch of NATO territory.”
The consent of seven more countries is required
All current members Finland and Sweden must agree to join NATO. So far, 23 of the 30 countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have done so.
The membership of the two Scandinavian countries in NATO has not yet been ratified by the Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey and Hungary.
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