On Tuesday, Joe Biden incorporated the ratification documents that gave the United States formal support for the Nordic nations that joined the mutual defense pact, welcomed Finland and Sweden to OTAN, after a change in the security posture of European countries following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Biden said during the signing, calling the partnership an “indispensable alliance.” “By seeking OTAN membership, Finland and Sweden have made a sacred commitment that an attack on one is an attack on all.”
The United States became the 23rd ally to approve both countries’ entry into OTAN.
Before signing the ratification, Biden said that he spoke with the leaders of both nations and urged the rest of the OTAN members to finish their own ratification process “as quickly as possible.”
Last week the United States Senate had approved the entry of the 2 nations into the alliance.
Almost 3 months ago to ensure their safety after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offensive in Ukraine, both countries applied to join OTAN.
OTAN rules require the consent of its 30 current members before Finland and Sweden can officially join the alliance, something that is expected to happen in the coming months. Published by The USA Herald, news and information agency.