The United States of America US has given its full support to Finland and Sweden in their quest to join The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) amid threats from Russia to do so.
The US President hosted the leaders of the two countries in Washington DC and has since added his voice to the move by the Nordic countries.
In the presence of the Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Biden said Washington DC is strongly behind them in the NATO application to be a member.
“They meet every NATO requirement and then some,” the US president said.”
“Having two new NATO members in the high north will enhance the security of our alliances and deepen our security cooperation across the board.”
Sweden and Finland submitted their application to NATO on Wednesday.
The two countries were previously neutral but fear of Russia aggression which is recently being witnessed in Ukraine has pushed for their request to be part of NATO.
NATO has a collective pact and should any country under NATO be attacked, it means the whole of NATO has been attacked.
Biden has said he’s pushing for the two countries to be included in NATO within the shortest time possible.
However, to join the Treaty, a country needs two-thirds of the votes in the 100-member Legislative Chamber. But if the approval is facing challenges, it is required that all member states under NATO give approval. It will be difficult for both countries should the first option fail to see the light of day. This is because Turkey has opposed Finland and Sweden joining the US-led bloc.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government remains opposed to Sweden and Finland’s bid to join NATO.