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Biden backed Finland and Sweden's NATO bids


U.S. President Joe Biden during a press conference at the White House on measures to combat inflation in the United States. File photoWASHINGTON, May 18. US President Joe Biden said he supported Finland and Sweden's bid to join NATO and intends to work with allies to seek the early admission of these countries to the alliance.Finland and Sweden on Wednesday transmitted Biden once again failed to speak during his speech “I warmly welcome and strongly support the historic bids of Finland and Sweden to join NATO and look forward to working with the US Congress and our alliance allies to ensure that these countries are quickly included in the strongest defense alliance in history,” Biden said in a written statement released by the White House. He added that both Scandinavian countries are “long-term and reliable partners of the United States.” By joining NATO, Biden said, they “will further strengthen defense cooperation and benefit the Transatlantic Alliance.” Along with our allies, the US will continue to actively conduct exercises and maintain a strong presence in the Baltic Sea region. will be under consideration, the United States will work with Finland and Sweden, remaining vigilant against any threats to our common security, as well as deterring and countering any aggression or threat of aggression,” the owner of the White House emphasized. Russia has repeatedly noted that NATO is aimed at confrontation. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation stated that further expansion of the alliance would not bring greater security to Europe, NATO has an aggressive character. At the same time, he noted that he does not consider the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO an existential threat to Russia. Finland