US President Joe Biden has announced that Sweden and Finland will cooperate with each other to respond to security threats during the period of NATO accession.
President Biden said in a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Ninistö and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on the 19th (local time) that “(both countries) receive full and full support from the United States.”
“Finland and Sweden have already served shoulder to shoulder with US and NATO forces in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iran,” Biden said.
“Sweden and Finland are strong democratic institutions,” he said. “Strong military, strong and transparent economy, strong moral sense of what is right, they meet all NATO demands.”
With this in mind, he said, “If we welcome these two countries as new NATO members, we will enhance the security of our alliance and deepen our security cooperation beyond borders.”
“Today, my administration is submitting a report to the US Congress on the two countries’ accession to NATO,” Biden said on the same day, saying that Congress will be able to respond quickly and efficiently on the process of joining Sweden and Finland.
“We have pledged to work together to maintain vigilance against threats to our common security and to fight and deter any aggression while Finland and Sweden go through the accession process,” Biden said.