Biden welcomes the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

US President Joe Biden says he welcomes Sweden and Finland’s plans to join NATO, saying the alliance is “more important than ever”.

Meeting with the Swedish and Finnish presidents in Washington, President Biden said the countries have his “full and complete” support for joining the alliance.

The decision of Sweden and Finland to join the alliance marks a dramatic departure from their policy of neutrality, raising security concerns over their relations with Russia.