President Joe Biden signed ratification documents Tuesday August 9, 2022 bringing Finland and Sweden one step closer to joining the NATO alliance.
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Last week, the Senate voted 95 to 1 to ratify the entrance of Finland and Sweden into the world’s most powerful military alliance. In May, both nations began the formal process of applying to NATO amid the backdrop of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Moscow, long wary of NATO expansion, has opposed the two nations’ plans to join the alliance. Both Finland and Sweden already meet many of the requirements to be NATO members. Some of the requirements include having a functioning democratic political system, a willingness to provide economic transparency, and the ability to make military contributions to NATO missions. “They will meet every NATO requirement, we are confident of that,” Biden said before signing the documents. Earlier this year, Biden welcomed leaders from both countries to the White House and pledged to work with the Senate — which has to sign off on U.S. approval of NATO bids — and the other 29 members of the alliance to swiftly bring Sweden and Finland into the group. Click here to read the full article.