Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-05-17 10:35:18 –
Finnish and Swedish leaders will visit the White House this week to meet with President Joe Biden, the White House announced Tuesday.
According to the White House, Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson and Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö will meet with Biden on Thursday to discuss joining NATO. They also discuss support for Ukraine and other global issues.
The move to add Sweden and Finland could further confuse the Kremlin, which is trying to undermine the NATO alliance.
The move between Sweden and Finland came after Russia invaded Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO. Had Ukraine been a member of NATO, the rest of the alliance would have been obliged to protect the country.
The Biden administration has expressed support for welcoming the two Scandinavian countries to a military alliance of 30 people. White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre expressed her confidence in the two countries joining NATO on Tuesday.
“So we welcome recent statements from the Finnish and Swedish governments about their intention to join NATO,” said Jean-Pierre. “When these applications are officially announced in Brussels, we will strongly support them. Finland and Sweden are both close and valuable defense partners of the United States and NATO.”
Alliance membership provides military assistance in the event of a member being attacked.