WASHINGTON — President Biden signed a measure Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir V. NATO will expand to include Sweden and Finland in an effort to bolster the Western alliance, nearly six months after Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine.
“It is important now to stop threats before they harm our people, our allies and our interests,” Mr Biden said from the White House. “This is how we address instability and aggression, enhancing our allies’ ability to respond effectively in our favor.”
“Sweden and Finland have strong democratic institutions, strong armies and strong and transparent economies,” the president said. “They will meet every requirement of NATO – we believe in that – and it will make our alliance stronger.”
All 30 existing members of NATO must approve the addition of the two countries, and More than 20 Have already done so. NATO expansion gained significant momentum after Turkey Veto removed on connecting Sweden and Finland Following a set of commitments by both the countries that they would take action against terrorism.
The change by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a significant achievement in the Biden administration’s quiet diplomatic effort to unite the West to counter Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
The expansion of NATO has received overwhelming support between Democrats and Republicans in a deeply divided Washington. Last week, the Senate 95 to 1. Voted To give his approval, only Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri opposed the move.
Only the Senate has the power to approve treaties, but last month, the House passed a non-binding resolution supporting Finland and Sweden to join NATO in a unilateral vote of 394 to 18.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finland’s President Souli Niinisto Visited the White House in MayAnd Mr Biden said on Tuesday that he spoke to him on the phone before the signing ceremony.
“Today we all see clearly how NATO remains an indispensable alliance,” Mr Biden said, adding that “when Finland and Sweden bring the number of allies to 32, we will be stronger than ever.”
Democrats have argued that adding Finland and Sweden to NATO would lessen the burden on the United States and other allies that are aiding Ukraine. Approval in Washington President Donald J. There was another pivot away from the foreign policy of Trump, who openly criticized the coalition.