Biden welcomes and supports Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership applications

“Working together to join quickly”… A meeting between the two heads of state and the White House is also planned.

Sweden and Finland submitted applications for NATO membership

(Brussels Archyde.com = Yonhap News) NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (center) submitted an application for NATO membership on the 18th (local time) with Klaus Korhonen, Finnish Ambassador to NATO (right) and Axel Bern Hof poses with the Swedish ambassador to NATO. 2022.5.19 alo95@yna.co.kr

(Washington = Yonhap News) Correspondent Ryu Ji-bok = U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his strong support for Finland and Sweden’s submission of applications for NATO membership on the 18th (local time).

“We warmly welcome and strongly support the historic applications of Finland and Sweden,” Biden said in a statement.

“The two countries have long been faithful partners of the United States,” Biden said in a statement.

Finland and Sweden maintained a neutral line following a policy of military non-alignmentism for 74 years and maintained cooperative relations without joining NATO, but decided to join NATO after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

President Biden has consistently expressed his support for the two countries’ membership in NATO, through phone calls, etc.

President Biden is expected to reaffirm his strong support for the meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Ninistö at the White House on the 19th.

According to NATO regulations, membership in a new member country requires unanimous approval from the existing 30 member countries, but Turkey’s opposition is a factor.

Turkey has taken a negative stance against the two countries’ membership in NATO, citing Finland and Sweden’s support of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), a Kurdish armed group that is carrying out a separatist movement within the country.

jbryoo@yna.co.kr

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