Today the Senate overwhelmingly approved the accession of our close partners Finland and Sweden to NATO. This historic vote sends an important signal of America’s continued, bipartisan commitment to NATO and to ensuring our Alliance is ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. I thank the members of the Senate — particularly Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Senator Menendez, and Senator Risch — for their leadership and expeditious advancement of the ratification process, the fastest Senate process for a NATO protocol since 1981. Finland and Sweden are joining the Alliance will further strengthen NATO’s collective security and deepen the transatlantic partnership.
As I said to Prime Minister Andersson and President Niinistö when I hosted them at 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 to all threats to our common security and to deter and counter 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 armed forces, to the greatest defense alliance in history.