Today, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the accession of our close partners, Finland and Sweden, to NATO. This historic vote sends an important signal of the United States’ sustained, bipartisan commitment to NATO and ensuring that our Alliance is ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. I thank the members of the Senate – in particular Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Senator Menendez and Senator Risch – for their leadership and for moving the ratification process forward quickly, the most Senate process. fast for a NATO protocol since 1981. Finland and Sweden join the Alliance will further strengthen NATO’s collective security and deepen the transatlantic partnership.
As I told Prime Minister Andersson and President Niinistö when I welcomed them to the White House in May, the United States remains committed to the security of Sweden and Finland. We will continue to work to remain vigilant against any threat to our common security, and to deter and combat aggression or the threat of aggression.
I look forward to signing the accession protocols and welcoming Sweden and Finland, two strong democracies with highly capable armies, into the greatest defensive alliance in history.