US President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally welcomed Finland & Sweden for joining the NATO alliance. He signed the instruments of ratification that delivered the US's formal backing. 

The US became the 23rd ally to approve NATO membership for the two countries. The countries sought out NATO membership earlier this year to guarantee their security in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's offensive in Ukraine.

   

Joe Biden formalises US support for Finland, Sweden joining NATO

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US President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally welcomed Finland & Sweden for joining the NATO alliance. He signed the instruments of ratification that delivered the US's formal backing. 

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Biden said he spoke with the heads of both nations before signing the ratification and urged the remaining NATO members to finish their own ratification process “as quickly as possible.”

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The Senate last week approved the two, once-non-aligned nations joining the alliance in a rare 95-1 vote that Biden said shows the world that "the United States of America can still do big things” with a sense of political unity.

The countries sought out NATO membership earlier this year to guarantee their security in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's offensive in Ukraine.