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The US President announces that Sweden and Finland meet all the criteria to join NATO

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US President Joe Biden has announced that Sweden and Finland meet all the criteria to join NATO.

The US leader made the announcement at the White House, sitting next to Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. President Biden assured him that he would ask the US Congress to approve the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO “as soon as possible”.

The position expressed by the US President coincides with that of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Instead, it is in complete contradiction with that expressed by Turkish President Recep Erdogan. The Erdogan regime opposes the accession of Sweden and Norway to NATO on the grounds that these Nordic countries offer asylum to Erdogan’s opponents. President Erdogan calls them terrorists.

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The criteria for joining NATO are political and military in nature

In the Atlantic Alliance, any new member is accepted by consensus. So Turkey’s agreement, regardless of the US position, will be binding. Sweden and Finland have announced that they want to send delegations to Turkey to negotiate their NATO membership. President Erdogan replied that sending delegations for this purpose was unnecessary. There are also indications that other NATO countries are hesitant about admitting Sweden and Finland.

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