Swedish Military has Officially Joined NATO Alliance

Sweden has joined NATO as the 32nd member after completing its accession process in Washington.

Two years after Sweden’s application to join the military alliance following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a ceremony was held for the handover of documents.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson emphasised the importance of “unity and solidarity” as Sweden’s main principles.

According to US President Joe Biden, NATO is currently at its strongest point.

The US leader emphasised the unity, determination, and dynamism of NATO, highlighting the alliance’s commitment to freedom and democracy alongside its newest ally, Sweden.

“It’s been a bit of a journey, but we always knew we would reach this point,” stated US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg shared on social media that Sweden has strong armed forces and a top-notch defence industry, making the alliance stronger and safer.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his approval of Sweden joining NATO, emphasising the increased protection for another European country from Russian influence.

Russia has promised to implement political and military actions in reaction to Sweden’s decision.

Sweden sought to become part of the defence alliance following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, but two members vetoed its request.

Turkey initially refused to give approval in a dispute over what it described as Sweden’s backing of Kurdish separatists. It finally removed its veto in January of this year.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban criticised Sweden for its perceived hostility and postponed approval until last week, when the Hungarian parliament finally voted to ratify the bid.

Every NATO member is required to support an ally facing an attack.

Mr Blinken mentioned Sweden’s 200-year policy of non-alignment, which changed when Russia invaded Ukraine. He stated that NATO expansion was not inevitable or predictable.

Mr Kristersson expressed humility and pride. We are committed to meeting all expectations.

“We collaborate with other allies to share burdens, responsibilities, and risk.”

He mentioned that the security situation in the region was at its most serious since World War Two. He also stated that Sweden was joining NATO to both provide and gain security.

Finland became a member in April of the previous year, which increased the alliance’s border with Russia.

Monday will see a flag-raising ceremony at the NATO headquarters in Brussels to celebrate Sweden’s accession.

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