NATO officially invites Finland and Sweden to become members of the military alliance
“We reaffirm our commitment to NATO’s Open Door Policy. Today we decided to invite Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO, and agreed to sign the accession protocols “, reads the press release on Wednesday.
“The membership of Finland and Sweden will make them more secure, NATO stronger and the Euro-Atlantic area more secure. The security of Finland and Sweden is of direct importance to the Alliance, including during the membership process,” the statement added.
NATO leaders also approved a new strategic concept that will guide the work of the alliance until 2030.
“We have approved a new Strategic Concept. It describes the security environment facing the Alliance, reaffirms our values and sets out NATO’s key objective and highest responsibility to ensure our collective defense on the basis of a 360-degree approach,” a statement from the summit said. .
The concept also defines the alliance’s three main tasks, including deterrence and defense, crisis prevention and management, and cooperative security, according to the statement.
Speaking alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Biden said new troop movements, equipment deliveries and military installations amid the Russia-Ukraine war.
“The United States and our allies are stepping up and proving that NATO is needed more than ever and is as important as it ever was,” Biden said, as quoted by CNN.
Biden said the United States plans to establish a permanent headquarters for the Fifth Army Corps in Poland and maintain an additional 3,000-troop rotational brigade in Romania.
In addition, Washington will also bolster rotational deployments to the Baltic states, send additional F-35 fighter squadrons to the UK, and station additional air defense and other capabilities in Germany and Italy.
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