The NATO accession of Sweden and Finland was approved by

The NATO accession of Sweden and Finland was approved by


The US Senate ratified the accession protocols of Finland and Sweden to NATO, after the historic decision of the two countries to renounce their neutrality due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Thus, the resolution on the NATO accession of Sweden and Finland was approved by the US Senate with an overwhelming majority of 95 votes in favor and only one vote against. A two-thirds majority was required for approval. The Biden administration strongly supported this ratification aimed at demonstrating the solidity of the North Atlantic Alliance in the face of an expansionist Russia.

In the political context, it must be said that, in the United States, only the Senate can ratify international agreements.

Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to use the war in Ukraine to divide the West. Instead, today’s vote shows that the Alliance is stronger than ever”, declared the leader of the majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, shortly before the vote, AFP showed.

How many countries support the accession of Finland and Sweden

The US vote took place after the most recent ratifications of the two accession protocols by France and Italy. So far, a number of 23 states out of 30 have ratified the accession protocols of Finland and Sweden, according to the count kept by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

In the context of the alliance, all NATO member countries must ratify the accession protocols so that they can enter into force and thus Finland and Sweden can benefit from the provisions of article 5. Article 5 of the treaty of the North Atlantic Alliance provides for the triggering of a joint response in case of an attack against one of the members.

Romania, among the first countries to support NATO expansion

And Romania categorically supports this approach. President Klaus Iohannis promulgated on Friday, July 22, the law on the ratification of the protocol aimed at the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, after it had previously passed the Parliament’s vote. Moreover, in the Chamber of Deputies plenary session, Marcel Ciolacu specified that the ratification of the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance is a firm answer for the Russian Federation, being also a proof of European solidarity.

Therefore, on July 5, the ambassadors to NATO of the 30 member countries signed the accession protocols at the headquarters of the alliance in Brussels. The entire legislative process began on May 18, when Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in the context of the situation in Ukraine with the Russian invasion. Moreover, the two countries were supposed to receive an invitation to participate in the Madrid Summit, but Turkey’s vote blocked the whole process.

At the same time, NATO launched the ratification process for the reception of Sweden and Finland after intense negotiations at the Madrid Summit, after which Turkey agreed to give up blocking the process and support the accession of the two Nordic states.