U.S. Senate approves Finland and Sweden for membership into NATO

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for U.S. national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine.

Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western European nations that, until Russia’s war against Ukraine, had long avoided military alliances — took a crucial step toward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 73-year-old pact of mutual defense among the United States and democratic allies in Europe.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer invited ambassadors of the two nations to the chamber gallery to witness the vote.

President Joe Biden, who has been the principal player rallying global economic and material support for Ukraine, has sought quick entry for the two previously non-militarily aligned northern European nations.

“This historic vote sends an important signal of the sustained, bipartisan U.S. commitment to NATO, and to ensuring our Alliance is prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” Biden said in a statement Wednesday evening.

“I look forward to signing the accession protocols and welcoming Sweden and Finland, two strong democracies with highly capable militaries, into the greatest defensive alliance in history,” the president added.

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/04/1115537908/u-s-senate-approves-finland-and-sweden-for-membership-into-nato

2 comments

  1. “Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western European nations that, until Russia’s war against Ukraine, had long avoided military alliances — took a crucial step toward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 73-year-old pact of mutual defense among the United States and democratic allies in Europe.”

    The lone no vote was from Josh Hawley, no surprises there.

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  2. Well I’m not impressed at all. Two studiously non-aligned countries are allowed to instantly leapfrog Ukraine.
    In fact I think it’s disgusting.
    To reiterate previous comments ; Ukraine and Georgia must relentlessly pursue France and Germany through the courts for damages. Don’t even wait for putler’s Holocaust to end.
    Both these shit countries directly imposed death and misery on Georgia and Ukraine.
    They kept them both out of Nato and when putler invaded Georgia, RuSSian agent Sarkozy “negotiated” the terms of the “ceasefire”, which turned out to be gifting 20% of Georgia to putler and publishing a report that absurdly blamed Georgia for putler’s invasion.
    It almost goes without saying that without the intervention of France and Germany, Ukraine and Georgia would by now have been Nato members for at least a decade.

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