The president of the United States, Joe Biden, expressed on Thursday his “strong support” for the requests of Finland and Sweden to enter NATO, assuring that these countries “meet all the requirements to enter” the Alliance.

Biden also announced that this Thursday he will begin the process for the US Congress to ratify the requests for entry of these Nordic countries into the Atlantic Alliance, during a press conference at the White House with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö, and the first Swedish minister, Magdalena Andersson.

Niinistö and Andersson asked Turkey from Washington not to veto its entry into NATO. “We are open to address any concerns that Turkey may have regarding our membership (in NATO),” Niinistö said at the joint White House appearance.

“We expect a rapid ratification process by the NATO members and we are in dialogue with all of them, including Turkey,” Andersson said in response to the suspicions that this intention has aroused in Ankara.

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