White Home nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan informed reporters on Wednesday that the assembly with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in Washington will permit the three nations “to coordinate on the trail ahead” and “examine notes” on the transfer.
Sullivan known as Finland and Sweden’s functions to affix the alliance “a watershed second in European safety.”
“Two nations with a protracted custom of neutrality can be becoming a member of the world’s strongest defensive alliance, and they’re going to deliver with them robust capabilities and a confirmed monitor file as safety companions,” he mentioned.
The three leaders are anticipated to talk in entrance of the press on Thursday on the White Home “to affirm our shared imaginative and prescient for a peaceable and safe Euro-Atlantic area,” Sullivan mentioned.
Each Finland and Sweden already meet lots of the necessities to be a NATO member, which embrace having a functioning democratic political system based mostly on a market financial system; treating minority populations pretty; committing to resolve conflicts peacefully; the flexibility and willingness to make a navy contribution to NATO operations; and committing to democratic civil-military relations and establishments.
All 30 NATO members should give unanimous approval for a rustic to be accepted into the alliance.
However whereas many NATO members have expressed help for Finland and Sweden to affix the alliance, the transfer has been met with resistance by Russia and Turkey — a NATO member.
Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Monday that Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO wouldn’t create a menace to Russia, however the “growth of navy infrastructure into this territory will definitely trigger our response.” And the Russian Overseas Ministry mentioned in a press release on Monday that Russia “can be pressured to take retaliatory steps, each of a military-technical and different nature, to be able to cease the threats to its nationwide safety arising on this regard.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned this week that he wouldn’t approve Sweden and Finland’s membership in the event that they sanction Turkey, and that delegations from the nations mustn’t hassle coming to Turkey to attempt to persuade that nation to approve their nation’s NATO membership.
Sullivan mentioned on Wednesday that the White Home is “assured” that the functions for membership to NATO can be permitted, regardless of Turkey’s considerations.
Each Sweden and Finland are each engaged with Turkey concerning its considerations, in addition to prime US officers, he mentioned.
Biden on Wednesday additionally appeared optimistic that Turkey would come round.
When requested how he’ll persuade Turkey to help Finland and Sweden’s bids for membership, Biden informed reporters, “The leaders of Finland and Sweden are coming to see me on Thursday. I believe we’re gonna be OK.”
Thursday’s White Home assembly with the 2 northern European leaders will happen simply earlier than Biden is predicted to depart for a four-day journey to South Korea and Japan — his first journey to Asia as President.
CNN’s Kate Sullivan, Kevin Liptak, Betsy Klein and Sam Fossum contributed to this report.