The US Senate voted for Sweden and Finland to join NATO

  • The resolution was accompanied by an amendment calling on the Alliance countries to meet the requirement of defense spending at the level of 2%. GDP
  • On July 19, the US House of Representatives welcomed the glory in which it supported the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. The resolution was supported by 394 congressmen, while 18 were against
  • In the Polish Sejm, 442 MPs voted in favor of Sweden’s admission to NATO, 440 MPs backed the accession of Finland
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Only one of a hundred senators, Republican Josh Hawley, voted against Sweden and Finland, while another, Rand Paul, abstained. The resolution was accompanied by an amendment calling on the Alliance countries to meet the requirement of defense spending at the level of 2%. GDP

As Hawley argued – mentioned as one of the party’s potential presidential candidates – the United States should focus on the threat from China, while the admission of the Nordic states would entail an increase in the US involvement in Europe in the long term.

His arguments were criticized by some of his colleagues, who indicated, inter alia, that Sweden and Finland would be the militarily strongest new members of the Alliance, and Hawley in 2019 voted in favor of the weaker North Macedonia.

If any senator is looking for a defensible excuse to vote “no,” good luck to him, said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell sourly.

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On July 19, the US House of Representatives welcomed the glory in which it supported the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. The resolution was supported by 394 congressmen, while 18 were against – all of them are Republican Party politicians who belong to the group’s isolationist wing. However, it was a supporting resolution, as the decisive vote in the US belongs to the Senate.

The resolution expressed support for the accession of both Nordic countries to the Alliance, and called on other member states to formally approve the enlargement NATO and delivering on defense spending promises of 2% GDP. The Chamber also warned Russia against “hostile reaction” to the admission of new NATO members.

The resolution became mainly a symbolic move, because the formal decision on the ratification of the treaties belonged to the Senate. President of the USA Joe Biden sent the accession protocols of Sweden and Finland to the chamber on July 11 and urged it to end the process swiftly. The decision on this matter was expected in early August.

The Polish Sejm gave its consent to the ratification by the President of the Republic of Poland of the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. 442 MPs voted in favor of Sweden’s admission to NATO, while 440 MPs supported the accession of Finland. In order for new countries to join NATO’s current 30 members, each member state of the Alliance must give its consent.

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