U.S. Senate backs Finland and Sweden joining NATO – News
Senator in a major rebuke to russia the u.s senate on wednesday overwhelmingly voted to let finland and sweden join nato the most significant expansion of the 30-member alliance since the 1990s on this vote the a’s are 95 the nays are won the senate easily surpassed the two-thirds majority required in the.
100-member chamber to ratify sweden’s and finland’s entry documents senators from both parties strongly endorsed their membership into the u.s led alliance minnesota democrat amy klobuchar spoke before the vote russia’s unprovoked aggression in ukraine has changed how we think about the world security.
That’s why i strongly support the decision of these two great democracies sweden and finland to join the most important and defensive alliance in the world nato missouri republican josh hawley was the lone vote against the motion expanding nato will require more united states forces in europe more manpower.
More firepower more resources more spending and not just now but over the long haul our foreign policy should be about protecting the united states our freedoms our people our way of life and expanding nato i believe would not do that helsinki and stockholm applied.
For membership after russia’s invasion of ukraine in february moscow has repeatedly warned both countries against joining the alliance up until now the two have been able to participate in nato meetings and have greater access to their intelligence but they are not protected by article 5 which states that an attack on one nato.
Ally is an attack against all last month all 30 nato allies signed the accession protocol and once all members ratified the decision the pair will become the newest members of the nuclear-armed alliance as well as be protected under article 5 but ratification could take up to a year however it has already been approved by.
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