NATO formally invites Finland, Sweden to become members of the military alliance

NATO formally invites Finland, Sweden to become members of the military alliance

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has formally invited Sweden and Finland to join the military alliance, NATO heads of state and government said in a declaration.

“We reaffirm our commitment to NATO’s open door policy. Today, we have decided to invite Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO and to sign the Accession Protocol,” the statement said on Wednesday. have agreed.”

“The merger of Finland and Sweden will make them safer, NATO stronger and the Euro-Atlantic region more secure. The security of Finland and Sweden is directly important to the alliance, including through the accession process,” the statement said. “

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today that the ratification process of the two countries may take some time after the invitation. “…we need a ratification process in 30 parliaments, which always takes some time, but I also expect it to move quickly as allies try to get that ratification process done as quickly as possible.” are ready.” NATO leaders also approved a new strategic concept that will guide the coalition’s work until 2030.

“We have endorsed a new strategic concept. It describes the security environment facing the alliance, reaffirms our values, and the core objective of NATO and the greatest need to ensure our collective defense based on a 360-degree approach. conveys responsibility,” a summit read.

According to the declaration, the concept also stipulates the coalition’s three main tasks, which include deterrence and defence, crisis prevention and management, and cooperative security.

US President Joe Biden today announced significant US reinforcement of NATO forces in Europe to deal with threats in every domain – land, air and sea, as the much-anticipated transatlantic summit begins in Madrid amid the raging conflict in Ukraine.

Addressing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Biden announced new military movements, equipment shipments and military installations amid the Russo-Ukraine War.

“The United States and our allies are leading the way and proving that NATO is needed now more than ever, and it is as important as ever,” Biden was quoted as saying by Nation World News.

Biden said the US plans to establish a permanent headquarters for Fifth Army Corps in Poland and maintain an additional rotational brigade of 3,000 soldiers in Romania.

In addition, Washington will also increase rotational deployment to the Baltic states, sending additional F-35 fighter jet squadrons to the UK and deploying additional air defense and other capabilities to Germany and Italy.

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