In a Friday phone call President Joe Biden expressed his direct support to the leaders of Finland and Sweden in their bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Speaking with Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and President Sauli Niinistö of Finland in the joint call, the US president “underscored his support for NATO’s Open Door policy and for the right of Finland and Sweden to decide their own future, foreign policy, and security arrangements,” according to a call read-out.
“They reiterated their shared commitment to continued coordination in support of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people affected by the war,” the White House stated.
The call followed White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s answering in the affirmative Thursday when asked whether Washington would formally support the two Scandinavian countries’ membership bids. “We would support a NATO application