Final Stop on Biden’s European Tour With New NATO Member Finland

final stop on bidens european tour with new nato member finland
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President Biden arrived in Finland for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit, his final stop on a three-nation European tour that included a Ukraine-focussed NATO summit in Lithuania.

Air Force One landed in Finland Wednesday night, having taken President Biden from Lithuania, where he has spent the past two days attending the annual NATO summit in Vilnius. The Lithuanian capital is less than an hour’s drive from the Western border of Belarus, Russia’s greatest European ally, and both Lithuania and Finland have major land borders with Russia.

Finland is the latest member of the NATO alliance, having joined in April this year following a brisk accession process following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Traditionally neutral, both Finland and Sweden abandoned that historic position on the back of Russia’s aggressive behaviour.

Sweden’s membership has been held up by disagreements with Turkey, and to a lesser extent Hungary, but those disagreements suddenly vanished as NATO members prepared to meet this week. Presuming there are no other roadblocks, it is quite possible Sweden will be a NATO member this year.

Today, U.S. President Biden will attend the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit with Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland in Helsinki after a private meeting with the Finnish President, part of a process of welcoming the nation to NATO. Per VOA, on the table for discussion today with the Nordic leaders is “climate change, security cooperation and emerging technologies”. The last U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit took place in Washington D.C. in 2016.

Biden is expected to go directly to the airport to fly back to the United States when his meetings finish at the Finnish Presidential Palace this evening.

final stop on bidens european tour with new nato member finland

13 July 2023, Finland, Helsinki: Flags of the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland fly along with a U.S. flag outside Finland’s presidential palace in Helsinki. U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and a subsequent summit with the heads of government of the other Nordic countries at the palace on Thursday. Photo: Steffen Trumpf/dpa (Photo by Steffen Trumpf/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Authored by Oliver Jj Lane via Breitbart July 12th 2023