US president Joe Biden says Sweden and Finland have strong democratic institutions, strong militaries, strong and transparent economies and a strong moral sense of what is right.
He was commenting on the countries’ moves to join Nato, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“They meet every Nato requirement and then some,” he says.
The US president, who has been meeting Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to discuss their applications to join, calls today “a momentous day, a very good day”.
The US President said he was proud to welcome and offer the strong support of the US, for the applications of two great democracies, and two highly capable partners, to join the strongest most powerful defensive alliance in the history of the world.
He said their membership will “enhance the security of their alliance”.