Washington, DC – The US Senate this week overwhelmingly approved a treaty document approving the admission of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by a vote of 95-01. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted in favor of the measure, which brings two vital allies one step closer to fully joining the transatlantic alliance.
“NATO will be stronger, and the world will be safer, with Finland and Sweden among its members. These Arctic nations have long been trusted partners to the United States, and today we did our part to welcome them into the world’s strongest defense alliance.
“Finland and Sweden have exceptional qualities that almost all Arctic nations possess – resilience, entrepreneurship, camaraderie, teamwork and, of course, their strategic locations. These qualities have been on full display when I have visited the European Arctic, and their presence in NATO will help deter further Russian aggression, atrocities and unprovoked war.
“The Arctic will be more secure as a result of an expanded NATO partnership, but the alliance is gaining more than just military capabilities, advanced technology and raw manpower. We are gaining leaders, innovators and countries with deep character.
“Today’s vote was a monumental step forward for international security and global stability. This is a great moment for NATO and for the Arctic.”