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Ukraine war: US fully backs Sweden and Finland Nato bids, Biden says

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Joe Biden alongside Sweden's Magdalena Andersson and Finland's Sauli Niinisto on Thursday. (Photo by= Getty Images)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Sweden and Finland have the "full, total, and complete backing" of the US in their decision to apply for Nato membership, President Joe Biden says. Both countries submitted their applications to be part of the Western defense alliance this week, marking a major shift in European geopolitics, BBC reported.

To join the alliance, the two nations need the support of all 30 Nato member states. But the move by the Nordic nations has been opposed by Turkey. Speaking alongside Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at the White House on Thursday, Mr. Biden called Sweden and Finland's applications "a watershed moment in European security". "New members joining Nato is not a threat to any nation," he said. The president added that having two new members in the "high north" would "enhance the security of our allies and deepen our security cooperation across the board".

Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly said it sees Nato as a threat and has warned of "consequences" if the block proceeds with its expansion plans. Turkey has accused both Sweden and Finland of hosting suspected militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a group it views as a terrorist organization. However, both Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and British Defence Minister Ben Wallace have expressed confidence that these concerns will eventually be addressed.



 

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