Biden says NATO now stronger than ever with Sweden and Finland

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, from right, Finland’s President Alexander Stubb, President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson pose during a family photo before Biden delivers remarks on the 75th anniversary of NATO at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP/CP)
  • US President Joe Biden says NATO is the strongest it has ever been since Sweden and Finland joined.
  • He made the comments in a speech to the alliance’s leaders in Washington DC as its annual summit began.
  • Speaking to Swedish Radio News in Washington, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson underlined the importance of European countries spending at least 2% of their GDP on defence.
Radio Sweden

For more on the NATO summit and the discussions around defence GDP, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

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Finland: US, Norwegian forces in Lapland for rapid reinforcement exercise, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Oslo looks to Brussels for strengthened security and defence, CBC News 

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Sweden: Details behind Sweden’s NATO process revealed by negotiator, Radio Sweden

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