The US House voted on a proposal for Sweden and Finland to join the NATO grouping.
During the voting process 95 votes were cast in favor of the proposal while one vote was against it.
US President Joe Biden has asked both countries to complete the process of joining NATO soon.
Washington. The US Senate on Wednesday completed voting and debate to approve a proposal to confirm Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO. It is seen as an important step in the expansion of the Western military alliance. During the voting process on Wednesday, 95 votes were cast in favor of the motion and one against the motion. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer invited ambassadors from both countries to the Chamber Gallery to demonstrate the voting process. US President Joe Biden, who played a key role in providing financial aid to Ukraine globally, has called for Sweden and Finland to be included in the NATO grouping as soon as possible.
President Joe Biden sent the protocol to the US Senate for approval in July, clearing the way for a voting process that required two-thirds of the Senate to pass. The final Senate vote for Sweden and Finland to join the NATO group was 95 to 1, with Missouri’s GOP Sen. Josh Hawley voting against the proposal. Senator Amy Klobuchar said the entire voting process was trying to send a strong message to Russia. It is a warning to the tyrants around the world who believe that democracy can be taken over. He also said that Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine has changed the way we think about world security.
Let us tell you that Biden encouraged Sweden and Finland to join NATO and in May met the heads of government of both countries at the White House. The Senate had invited the ambassadors of the countries to watch the historic debate and vote on the new members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). President Joe Biden has called for approval of two former non-military Northern European partners to join the military alliance and speed up its bipartisan congressional ratification process.
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First published: August 04, 2022, 06:54 IST