Sweden and Finland to NATO, application for membership delivered

Stoltenberg: “Historic passage”

Sweden and Finland submitted their NATO membership applications today. A ” historic step ”, according to the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg who received the nominations from the Swedish ambassador to NATO Axel Wernhoff and from the Finnish one, Klaus Korhonen. “I am honored to receive membership applications from Sweden and Finland,” added Stoltenberg.

Yesterday the Swedish Foreign Minister, Ann Linde, signed the request speaking of “an epochal, inevitable thing”, and expressing the belief that “what I believe is the best for Sweden” has been done. “I am happy that we have taken the same path and that we can do it together,” said Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

USA – Meanwhile, tomorrow, Thursday 19 May, US President Joe Biden will welcome Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto to the White House. The three leaders “will discuss Sweden and Finland’s requests for NATO membership, European security and the strengthening of our partnership on global issues and support for Ukraine,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean announced in a statement. Pierre.