Sweden Officially Joins Nato, Become 32nd Member

Sweden | CenzoNaija
Sweden | CenzoNaija

Sweden on Thursday officially got her approval to join Nato, became the 32nd member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with the handover of documents at a ceremony in Washington. a historic move that Secretary of State Antony Blinken said marked a “strategic debacle” by Russia.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson handed over the final documentation to the U.S. government on Thursday, marking the last step in a drawn-out process to secure the backing of all members to join the military alliance.

“Good things come to those who wait,” Blinken said as he accepted the accession documents from Sweden’s prime minister, following ratification by the 31 other alliance members.

“I think if you step back and think of where we were three years ago, none of this was foreordained,” Blinken said of Sweden joining NATO.

There is “no clearer example than today of the strategic debacle that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has become for Russia,” he said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sweden will now benefit from the alliance’s common defense guarantee under which an attack on one member is regarded as an attack on all.

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