President Joe Biden is preparing to sign a treaty supporting Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO after overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate.
The event is scheduled to start at 2pm ET. See the signing in the player above.
Biden, who has been the main player rallying global financial and material support for Ukraine, has sought quick entry for the two former non-military allied northern European nations.
Senators approved bipartisan NATO membership for Finland and Sweden on Wednesday, August 3, calling the expansion of the western defense bloc a “slam dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine.
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The 95-1 vote — in favor of the candidacy of two Western European nations that, until Russia’s war on Ukraine, had long avoided military alliances — took a decisive step toward expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 73-year-old mutual pact. defense among the United States and democratic allies in Europe.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York invited ambassadors from the two nations to the chamber gallery to witness the vote.
“This historic vote sends an important signal about America’s enduring, bipartisan commitment to NATO and ensuring our alliance is prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” Biden said in a statement.
“I look forward to signing the accession protocols and welcoming Sweden and Finland, two strong democracies with very capable militaries, into the largest defensive alliance in history,” Biden added.