President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States is committing more troops to the conflict in Europe as the transatlantic alliance invited Finland and Sweden to become members.
According to a report by MSN News the president put an emphasis on NATO’s commitment to defending “every inch” of territory under its charter’s “sacrosanct” Article V, which asserts that an attack on any member nation is an attack on all member nations.
“NATO is strong and united,” Biden said during a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, on the first full day of a summit here. “And the steps we’re taking during this summit, we’re going to further augment our collective strength.”
Following Turkey’s Tuesday decision to abandon its objections to Sweden and Finland joining, that safeguard is anticipated to extend to those two nations in a historic extension of the alliance. The 810-mile border between Finland and Russia will be a part of NATO if all member countries’ parliaments approve the expansion, which is anticipated to take several months. According to Biden, this is another proof that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine backfired.
“Putin was looking for the Finland-ization of Europe,” Biden said, referring to Helsinki’s decades-long embrace of nonalignment for fear of angering Moscow.
The war in Ukraine, however, is leading to “the NATO-ization of Europe,” Biden said. “And that’s exactly what he didn’t want — but exactly what needs to be done to guarantee security for Europe.”
As part of outlining the additional American commitments in Europe, Vice President Biden announced that the United States would establish a new army headquarters in Poland, the first permanent American installation on NATO’s eastern flank, and station a rotational brigade combat team of 3,000 soldiers in Romania to facilitate quick deployments in the area.
According to Celeste Wallander, the U.S.’s assistant defense secretary for international affairs, a permanent American presence in Poland would make NATO forces more prepared to act rapidly in an emergency.
According to Biden, the United States will also increase “air defense and other capabilities” in Germany and Italy and send two more F-35 fighter squadrons to Britain.