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Biden hails Nordic move into NATO as proof of unity against Russia

By Missy Ryan

19 May 2022 · 4 min read

President Joe Biden hailed Finland's and Sweden's decision to join NATO as a "watershed moment in European security," saying the entry of two well-armed, robust democracies would strengthen the Western alliance at a time of acute tension with Russia.

Welcoming the Nordic nations' leaders in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said their decision following President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine to abandon a decades-old position of military nonalignment proved that a "revived NATO" could provide a strong counterweight to autocracy and aggression.

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