Joe Biden signs protocols on accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

US President Joe Biden signed the ratification documents on Tuesday, August 9, bringing Finland and Sweden one step closer to joining the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO).

“[Президент России Владимир] Putin thought he could tear us apart. Our union is closer than ever, it is more united than ever, and after the accession of Finland and Sweden, we will be stronger than ever, ”CNBC quotes Biden from the East Room of the White House.

Before signing the document, the American president noted that Finland and Sweden already meet many of the requirements for NATO membership. Some of the requirements include having a functioning democratic political system, a willingness to provide economic transparency, and the ability to make a military contribution to NATO missions.

“They will meet all NATO requirements, we are sure of that. In a few minutes I will sign the ratification documents. The United States will become the 23rd NATO country that approved the membership of Finland and Sweden in the alliance, ”Gazeta.Ru quotes Biden.

At the moment, their applications from the Scandinavian countries require the approval of Hungary, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey and the Czech Republic, REGNUM recalled.

On August 4, NATO’s official website published a speech by Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a speech in Norway. He noted that 23 out of 30 countries supported the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. To fully ratify the membership of these countries, it is necessary to obtain approval from all states that are members of the North Atlantic Alliance.

The fact that the US Senate approved a resolution on the ratification of the protocols on the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, became known yesterday. Biden welcomed the decision on August 4 and said he would sign the paperwork.

At the same time, the association of US veterans Concerned Veterans for America on August 3 turned to the Senate with a call to block the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. Senior adviser to the Dan Caldwell organization expressed the opinion that Washington should pay more attention to domestic needs and security. He also believes that the transfer of weapons on the territory of the Scandinavian countries could provoke an escalation in relations with Russia.

The process of ratifying the accession of the two countries to the North Atlantic Alliance was launched in Germany on July 1.

The NATO member countries officially invited Finland and Sweden on June 29 and agreed to sign the relevant protocols. Applications for joining the North Atlantic Alliance by Finland and Sweden were submitted on 18 May. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry reacted critically to this decision. The department said that such actions will not provide these countries with the security they are counting on.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 16 during the anniversary summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization noted that the expansion of NATO is artificial.

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