US backs Sweden, Finland bid to join NATO

US President Joe Biden is set to meet Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, and Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in Washington to discuss their Nato membership bids.

The US is backing both nations’ efforts to join the Western defence alliance, if they succeed, Nato will grow to thirty-two members.

The two Nordic countries made applications in the light of Russia’s invasion drawing warnings from the Kremlin that the move would not bring stability to Europe.

Turkey is opposing the two countries’ applications, accusing them of harbouring anti-Turkish extremists.