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Senator reveals when US could approve NATO offers – RT World News

Washington intends to decide on the candidacies of Sweden and Finland “as quickly as possible”, promises the leader of the Republican minority

Applications by Sweden and Finland to join the US-led NATO military bloc could be ratified by Washington by the summer, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell said during his tour of the United States. two Nordic countries.

McConnell and a group of fellow Republican lawmakers Susan Collins, John Barrasso and John Cornyn landed in northern Europe on Sunday – the day Stockholm and Helsinki officially announced they would seek to join NATO.

After talks with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in Stockholm, Senator McConnell insisted the United States hoped to endorse Sweden’s candidacy. before August.

According to him, other NATO countries could ratify it even faster than American lawmakers.

Senator reveals when US could approve NATO offers – RT World News

The inclusion of a new nation in the alliance requires a consensus of all member states. The bloc currently consists of the United States, Canada and 28 European countries.

On Monday, the Republican Party delegation traveled to neighboring Finland where McConnel met Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, making promises similar to those he had made in Sweden.

After the interviews, the senator pointed out that “the goal in the United States will be to approve that [Finland’s membership of NATO] as quickly as possible. »

When asked to be more specific by reporters, he clarified that “We’re hoping to do that before the August recess when Congress typically goes out of session, obviously that would be well before the fall election.”

there is strong “bipartisan support” for Finland’s NATO membership among U.S. lawmakers, McConnel said, suggesting that a vote in favor “will be very significant, not unanimous.”

Senator reveals when US could approve NATO offers – RT World News

Collins also hailed Stockholm and Helsinki’s aspirations to join NATO, saying those countries would significantly strengthen the bloc with their military capabilities, cutting-edge technology and knowledge of Russia.

Sweden and Finland stayed out of the US-led bloc during the Cold War, but their governments now say the Russian military operation in Ukraine has caused them to rethink their stance.

Moscow has warned that including the two Nordic nations in NATO would be a mistake that would further increase tensions in the region, pledging to take appropriate countermeasures if that happens.

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