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Saturday, 01 October 2022 05:55 GMT

Biden formally declares US backing Finland, Sweden's NATO membership


(MENAFN) As part of a reshaping of the European security posture following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden officially welcomed Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance on Tuesday by signing the instruments of ratification that delivered the United States’ formal support for the Nordic nations joining the mutual defense pact.

At the signing, Biden referred to the alliance as the "indispensable alliance", adding “in seeking to join NATO, Finland and Sweden are making a sacred commitment that an attack against one is an attack against all.”

The United States joined 22 other allies in approving the two nations' membership in NATO. Before signing the ratification, Biden claimed to have spoken with the leaders of both countries. He also urged the other NATO members to complete their own ratification procedures " as quickly as possible."

With a remarkable 95-1 vote last week, the Senate authorized the two formerly non-aligned countries joining the alliance, demonstrating to the rest of the world that " the United States of America can still do big things " when there is political unanimity.

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